How To Protect Your Home From Flooding
Steps You Can Take To Increase Your Flood Safety
It’s probably not possible to completely flood proof your home. However, there are steps you can take to increase your flood safety.
1. Keep important equipment above the expected flood level. Find out what the expected flood level in your area of Maryland Heights, MO, is and make modifications to your home and its contents to keep important equipment out of the reach of floodwaters. Recommended safety tips include installing equipment, such as your furnace, water heater, electrical sockets, switches and circuit breakers at least 1 foot above flood level and moving valuable contents to higher floors.
2. Redirect water around your house. Observe the way water flows on your property. If you notice water collecting from runoff from your roof, you might want to invest in gutters and downspouts to redirect runoff away from your home. If the hills and valleys in your yard cause water to collect in areas that could overflow into your home, you may want to consider having your lot regraded. If you’ve noticed that water tends to accumulate in your street or storm drains, a call to local authorities may be needed to address flood safety issues.
3. Consider major modifications for high-risk property. If you have already experienced repeated flooding or know your property is in a high-risk area, you may want to consider taking more extreme measures to reduce your flooding risk. Homes that are located near flood-prone creeks and rivers may benefit from being placed on columns or stilts. Less drastic measures, such as foundation vents or sealants may also be worth considering for some property.
Some homes are more likely to experience flooding than others, but almost all property has some level of flood risk. A professional water damage repair and restoration service can help you recover from flood damage that has already occurred. You can help yourself avoid or reduce future flood damage by taking steps to increase your home’s flood safety.