Although water damage can happen quickly and cause immense damage, there are ways to prevent much of it. If you live in a flood prone area, learn about steps you can take to prepare for a flood. Get in the habit of monitoring and maintaining areas in your home prone to water damage.
Next time it rains, walk the property. Are there low spots that stay “mushy”? Or, if the yard slopes toward the home, does the water pool next to the foundation? Check that the driveway and sidewalks direct the rain toward the gutters and city sewer system. Some drainage problems can be corrected with some simple yard work; some problems will need professional contractors.
You’d be surprised how many gallons of water fall on your roof during a heavy spring shower, and overflowing or broken gutters and downspouts can channel the water in all the wrong directions, often contributing to a flood problem.
Checking your gutters and downspouts should be part of your regular home maintenance routine. Clear out leaves and debris. Inspect for cracks at the seams or avers of visible mold. This indicates a moisture problem.
If groundwater saturation is an issue for your property, ensure that your basement is protected with a high quality sump pump and a dependable backup system, like a battery backup sump pump or a water powered sump pump. Your regular maintenance routine should include checking that the intake valve isn’t blocked and ensuring that the sump pit is free of any debris which could cause a blockage.
A simple flood sensor is both affordable and easy to install. Moisture sensor automatic water shut off systems work by leaving physical discs where you predict there might be a future leak; they then shutoff your water supply. To sufficiently protect your home, you will probably need at least ten sensors placed in various areas of your home: around toilets, washing machines, and hot water heaters.
A whole home leak detection system detects continuous flow anywhere in the home for an extended period of time. For example, an eroded toilet flapper that runs continuously would trigger the sensor to shut off that appliance.
In addition to the tips for preventing flood damage; here are some ideas when flooding is imminent:
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