6 Preventive Measures Homeowners Can Take Against Flood Damage

flood areaWhile the services of a professional water restoration expert are irreplaceable after flooding strikes, steps to prevent flood damage can be even more crucial. Almost any home in a normal setting can be vulnerable to flooding under the right circumstances. Just because it hasn’t happened yet, doesn’t mean it won’t. Don’t be caught unprepared. Before the water rises, take these six steps to prevent flood damage.

  1. Retrofit electrical outlets and HVAC equipment. Make sure outlets, switches and circuit breakers are raised at least a foot above the worst-case flood level. Also raise and anchor furnaces, air handlers and water heaters.
  2. Outdoor air conditioner components, generators and other powered devices should be raised above the potential water level and anchored. Any fuel tanks should also be elevated and secured.
  3. To prevent backup of sewage, install manually operated gate valves on all pipes where they enter the home.
  4. Observe how water flows around the perimeter of your home. Ideally, the property should be graded so water drains away from all parts of the structure.
  5. If your home is at repeated flooding risk consider a major retrofit. Elevate the structure so the ground floor is above flood level. Install foundation vents that permit water flow-thru. Apply flood-proofing coatings to walls and other building materials to resist water damage.
  6. If flooding is imminent, take these last-minute measures but only as long as it is safe to remain in the house. Clean debris from gutters and downspouts. Relocate furniture, rugs and consumer electronics to an upper floor if feasible or elevate them as much as possible. Shut off electrical power at the main breaker panel. Place major appliances on concrete blocks if they are in danger of water damage.

For more information on water restoration and steps to prevent flood damage, contact Rytech today.

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