5 Points to Keep in Mind to Protect Your Home From Flooding

protect your home from floodingIt’s a no-brainer: Reasonable steps to protect your home from flooding before it happens make more sense than passively waiting for a disaster, then cleaning up the mess. Here are some proactive ideas to protect your home from flooding and save yourself the stress and expense of a major clean-up.

  1. Basements flood both first and last. Outdoor water inundation may initially come up through the basement while water from a plumbing leak inside the house eventually flows downward into the basement. Don’t store irreplaceable heirlooms in the basement. Keep other possessions there off the floor. A basement in a flood-prone locale or area with high water table should have a sump pump.
  2. Rain blows in as well as flows in. Wind-blown rain may find its way laterally into the home in places vertical rainfall doesn’t leak. Test suspicious areas like roofs and balconies by spraying with the stream from a garden hose and nozzle to detect leakage.
  3. Roof components like aluminum or copper flashing divert water away from potential leak zones. Flashing may become dislodged or deteriorate over time. An annual roof inspection by a professional is a good idea.
  4. Clean the gutters twice annually. A clogged gutter can send water coursing down the exterior wall of the house. Exterior siding and masonry wasn’t designed to resist a constant flow of water and may allow leakage into the home.
  5. Compare the costs to the risks. Calculate the expenses to make your home resistant to the worst-case water leakage scenario likely to happen. Compare to the cost of a professional water damage restoration after such an event. Decide how much preventive expense is appropriate to your individual situation.

For more hints to protect your home from flooding, contact the water restoration professionals at Rytech.

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