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Your Flood Prevention Checklist

Preparing for a flood can help you prevent thousands of dollars of repairs later down the line. Consider the different ways you can protect your home.

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Whether you want to prepare for floodwaters in advance or choose your protective measures in the moment, you should always know what steps you’ll need to take to protect your home from water damage.

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Best Practices for Flood-Proofing Your Home

If you’re concerned about the immediate effects of a flood, there’s good news. You can take steps a few days before the weather shifts to protect your home from the worst of localized water damage. These steps may include:

  1. Investing in A Sump Pump

Sump pumps can remove up to 2,000 gallons of water per hour from your basement. While installation costs will vary based on the brand you choose and the size of your home, these pumps will protect you from all manner of flood damage. That said, you’ll always want to talk to a local professional about the benefits of a battery backup sump pump. These pumps will continue to protect your home even when the power goes out.

  1. Inspecting Your Gutters and Drains

Before a storm hits, you’ll also want to check out the state of your gutters and downspouts. Your gutters catch rainwater and help prevent it from dumping directly onto your foundation, and downspouts direct water away from your home and out toward the rest of your lawn. If you let the maintenance of either fall by the wayside, you may find yourself dealing with basement and foundation damage sooner rather than later.

  1. Using a Smart Water Sensor

If you want to use technology to your advantage, why not use smart water sensors? You can place these sensors throughout your basement to determine which parts of it are the most likely to leak. Not only will the alerts be sent to your phone to let you know when your basement is flooding, but you’ll also be able to use that data to invest in more localized waterproofing measures after the storm has passed.

  1. Finding the High Ground

When in doubt, it’s best to keep any belongings you hold dear in the higher parts of your basement like on shelving. In doing so, you’ll have a better chance of protecting them from any initial waves of water damage.

  1. Installing Backflow Drain Valves

Backflow drains prevent your sewer and other release drains from overflowing into your home during a storm. These drains will not only prevent water damage in your home, but they’ll also keep the dangerous bacteria in your sewage from reaching your family.

Preventing Flood Damage

While you can work to keep your home safe as soon as a flood alert arises, there are long-term solutions you can invest in and steps you can take ahead of time, too. These include:

  1. Installing a Flood Vent

Flood vents may seem like unconventional basement additions, but they have more benefits than you might think. For example, flood vents keep water outside your home from overwhelming your structural supports.

Consider this: As water pressure builds up outside your home, the molecules that make up your walls and foundation will begin to expand and contract. If you want to keep your supports from cracking, you need to give the aforementioned water a place to go. While flood vents may allow water to briefly enter your home, they’ll keep that pressure from damaging your walls. You can readily pair these vents with interior waterproofing measures to keep the rest of your belongings safe as well.

  1. Keeping Your Utilities Off the Ground

Sometimes, the best thing you can do to protect your home is to rely on ancient solutions. If you’re concerned about your utility accessories, try and keep them off the ground in your basement. This may require you to install additional shelving units but doing so is worth the effort. The higher up your utilities and belongings are, the more likely it is that they’ll stay safe should your basement flood.

  1. Investing in an Interior Drain

For a more comprehensive basement waterproofing system, you’ll want to pair your sump pump system with interior drainage. Contractors like Tar Heel Basement Systems can install a specially designed sub-floor system throughout your basement’s perimeter. This system catches leaking water from the walls and floor, and then directs it to a sump pump system so it can be removed from the basement.

  1. Curtaining Your Exterior Drains

If you’re concerned about the state of your drains, consider investing in an exterior drain curtain. These curtains are designed to act and look like loose gravel. As such, they’ll keep larger materials out of your drains while allowing water to flow freely out of your home.

Investing in anti-flood preventative measures does more than just protect your home in case of a flood. You can talk with a representative from your insurance agency to determine whether your preventative steps can net you lower premiums.

Don’t wait for the weather to turn. Reach out to one of the professionals working in your area today to see which anti-flooding measures may suit your home best. Contact the expert team at Tar Heel Basement Systems today for a free inspection and estimate.

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