Floods result in over $40 billion in damages worldwide every year and are the number one disaster in the U.S. From 2005 to 2014, the average flood insurance claim in the U.S. was $42,000. Flooding is something everyone, especially in Florida, should be prepared for. There are some preventative measures that can end up saving you from the devastation of a house flooding. Let’s go over these tips on how to prevent a house flooding.
Having your lawn graded properly is one of the best preventative measures to avoid a house flooding. If your lawn slopes towards your home instead of away from it, then you’re inviting water into your home. Your lawn should be graded so that water runs towards the gutters and city streets.
Some things you can do to help your drainage include:
- Install a rain garden
- Make sure your drain spouts are pointed in the right direction and not clogged
- Install a drain system like a French drain
- Use heavy mulch
Pay Attention to Your Gutters and Downspouts
Keeping your gutters clean and downspouts properly positioned goes a long way in preventing house flooding. You should clean your gutters each spring and fall. During storms, check your downspouts and make sure they’re flowing properly and in the right direction. If you see water pooling around your foundation, you’ll need to address that.
Taking care of your home’s foundation is key to preventing house flooding. Cracks in the foundation of your home are an open invitation to water. Take time to visually inspect your foundation’s exterior and your home’s walls and floors. If you notice any cracks, repair them by filling them with epoxy. If you notice foundation leaks after you repair the cracks, you’ll need to contact a professional to assess the severity of the foundation issues.
Use a Sump Pump
Every home needs a sump pump. A sump pump is an inexpensive way to prevent water from building up. They act like a large floor drain. When water pools in your house or in the surrounding foundation of your home, your sump pump kicks on and sucks the water up, and redirects it out of your home.
Window Well Covers
Installing window well covers is another good strategy to help prevent house flooding. Window well covers fastened to your house windows and latched to the foundation of your home, can provide an extra barrier for waterproofing your house. If you want to ensure your house still gets adequate light, use window well covers made from clear acrylic.
Need Help Making Sure Your House is Floodproof?
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