Flood Proofing Your Home: How to Go About It?

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Flood Proofing Your Home: How to Go About It?

Flood Proofing Your Home: How to Go About It?
Jul 08, 2019

Up to 1.6 billion dollars worth of property and crop damage was caused by floods in the US in 2018 alone. 2017 saw significant devastation as well, with over 200,000 homes destroyed because of floods.

Here’s what you can do to flood proof your house.

Know Your Home’s Risks

Firstly, it’s important that you recognize the flooding risk your home faces. This can be done by consulting FEMA’s guidelines and flood insurance maps which highlight the areas that are at high risk of being flooded. Identify your region’s flood zones and floodplain boundaries, and be aware of sudden, potential flood risks.

This is also important for individuals looking to buy a house. Before you make the purchase, make sure you have access to records and information regarding the flood zones so that you can evaluate potential risks you might have to face. This’ll help you in keeping track of the preventative strategies you need to adopt once or before you move in.

Alter Your Landscape

If you live in an area where stormwater is a persistent problem, you might want to consider altering your landscape. One way to go about this is by digging up swales (depressions) outside your home to allow for the water to be directed away from your residence. Similarly, you can also replace your asphalt or concrete driveways with porous materials such as brick or gravel which let the water seep into the ground rather than have it stream its way across the area towards your home. Flooding can also be prevented by using mulch, as this too is an absorbent substance.

Alter Your Landscape

Elevate Outdoor Equipment

Are your generators and electrical power units in close proximity with the ground? You need to anchor them ASAP! As your backup equipment, these need to be safeguarded so that in case of heavy rainfall, you have something to fall back onto in case power cuts and shortages. If they’re left on the ground, they’re at risk of being inundated by water and becoming ineffective or even useless.  

The same applies to any other outdoor equipment you have, such as fuel tanks. By elevating them off the ground, you’re not just protecting your equipment but also preventing electrical hazards or other threatening situations.

Set Up a Sewage Backstop System

Having a strong sewage system installed is yet another preventative strategy for flooding. Doing so prevents backflow in sewers after stormwater accumulates in them. having a sewage backstop placed in your home in the form of prevention valves and other useful equipment can ensure efficient drainage and reduce the risk of your basement or crawl space getting flooded.

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