How to Keep Your Home Protected from Heavy Rains & Floods
March 29, 2015
It won’t be long before spring is upon us, and with it will come the spring rains. It makes good sense to keep your home and belongings protected from the flood that may also likely occur. ‘Be prepared’ should be your mantra, and being prepared requires that you start planning about dealing with the flood situation well in advance.
Flooding can have both practical and emotional consequences. The practical impact would be related to the destruction of homes, building and property. Emotionally, the damage is even deeper with the loss of personal and precious possessions coupled with the uncertainty of not being able to return home for a significant period of time.
Our climatic conditions have witnessed rapid and unpredictable changes in the last few years and flood situations have become more commonplace. Berwyn, in particular has found itself to be on the receiving end of the weather god’s wrath in the rainy season.
While it is feasible to bear the monetary cost of the damage through insurance, it is the emotional loss which is difficult to come to terms with. By installing an effective flood control system, Berwyn residents can minimize the impact of floods on their lives.
In other words, by having such a system in place before spring sets in, you can be prepared to protect your house against the effects of floods.
Mentioned ahead are a few protective measures you can take to keep your home shielded from water damage.
Get Leaks Fixed Pronto
It doesn’t need to be said, but a leaky roof will allow rain water to get inside your home. It is important that you get leaks fixed immediately as they can deteriorate the structure of your house and create the perfect condition for the growth of mold.
You should be alarmed when you start to see wet spots or moisture on your ceiling, and get it fixed while the weather still permits. And while you’re at it, do check if the roof shingles are secure as well.
Seal The Cracks In The Foundation
Apart from the roof, you also need to pay close attention to the foundation of your home and check for the development of cracks.
If found, seal them with mortar and masonry caulk or hydraulic cement, which has the capability to expand and hence, close the gaps entirely. Using only mortar or cement may cause the foundation to crack again, so do exercise caution there.
Ensure Proper Roof Protection
Looking to make your old roof even stronger? Well, then might as well replace it and get a new one. And when doing so, you will do well to loosen your purse strings a tad and install a rubber roof underlayment, which will act as a waterproof barrier placed under the shingles and prevent the roof from leaking water.
Keep Gutters & Drains Clear
Your gutters the drainage system needs to be kept clear if you want to prevent the accumulation of water inside your home. Make sure you get cracking on this while you still have the time. Check storm drains on your street and get them cleared of the garbage, leaves, and other debris which may be blocking them.
Get A Sump Pump
If your home invariably tends to get hoarded with flood water when it rains, you should get your hands on a sump pump without wasting any more time.
These pumps can serve as a potent resistant against flood water, unless they run on electricity and the power is out. In such cases, battery-operated sump pumps can come to your rescue.
Move Furniture & Expensive Items to a Safe Place
If you can, shift your valuables, and other furniture that hold sentimental value for you to a higher floor or the attic. Doing so will keep them out of the water’s way even in the worst of floods. If possible, have the furnaces and water pumps raised to a height of 12 inches above the highest known flood level for your area when they’re installed.
Inventory Your Belongings
Do not forget to create a home and furniture inventory with the help of a camcorder/digital camera for claiming insurance. While the conventional videos and photographs will also do, they will only add to your burden during a flood as they will have to be carried around or they may get damaged in the deluge.
Digital files, on the other hand, can be stored on a USB which can be kept in a bag, sent over to a friend’s place for safekeeping, or uploaded to the cloud. The images can be easily retrieved as and when needed. This makes the insurance process more hassle-free.
Focus On Flood Control
Having a flood control system in place can be extremely helpful in keeping water out of your home. Do get one installed if you haven’t already. If you have, check it for repairs and make sure you get it serviced before the rains arrive.
Dealing with floods is challenging, no doubt, but it isn’t impossible. By planning early and taking preventative steps beforehand, you can keep the situation from getting grave. Make sure that the leaks and the foundation of your home are repaired, expensive possessions are moved out of the flood water’s way, flood control system is in place, and the drainage system in your vicinity is in good working condition. All these measures can go a long way in helping you bring potential flood damage situations under control.