Natural disasters and flash floods are two common causes of flooding, but leaky pipes, appliance malfunctions, natural disasters, and other household problems can also result in a flooded home.
Before taking any steps to protect your home from flooding, assess its risk. This will enable you to decide whether it’s worth purchasing flood insurance and taking other precautions.
Determine Your Flood Risk
If your neighborhood is flood-prone, the first step to take is assessing your risk. You can do this by checking FEMA flood maps and the Flood Factor website for your neighborhood.
Once you understand your property’s flood risk, reach out to a local floodplain manager for assistance. These professionals are qualified in interpreting FEMA flood maps for consumers and answering any queries you might have on flood risks, according to Chad Berginnis, executive director of the Association of State Floodplain Managers.
You can also contact the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Flood Map Service Center. They’ll assist in determining your property’s flood zone and providing a map that displays its elevation.
Elevate Your Home
Elevating your home is an effective way to protect you and your family from flooding. Not only that, but it can also give your property a boost in value as well as reduce flood insurance premiums.
Elevating your house above flood elevation requires raising it on stilts, piers or other structural supports. You have several options for raising your home this way: elevating it above its base flood elevation; creating openings in its foundation; or you could raise it using other supports like piles of dirt.
Raising your home on stilts is an extreme solution that may prove costly to retrofit.
However, there are other ways to give your home a luxurious and stylish makeover without breaking the bank. Start by upgrading the small details in your house that give it that luxurious feeling.
Create a Disaster Supply Kit
A Disaster Supply Kit is a collection of essential items you should keep on hand in case of emergency. It should include items like water, food, medicine and personal supplies.
The contents of the kit can be stored in an easily accessible container such as a large covered trash bin, camping backpack or duffel bag. Suggested items are marked with an asterisk (*).
At least annually, you should assess your disaster supply kit and your family’s needs. Make sure the food in the kit is fresh, replace any batteries in radios and flashlights, and rotate any medications stored.
Install Reverse Flow Valves
If your home is flood-prone, you may want to consider installing reverse flow valves. These devices prevent sewage from backing up into your residence during heavy downpours that overwhelm city sewer lines.
These valves are typically installed on pipes entering your home that drain to the sanitary drain. They offer more strength than standard check or flap valves.
A floatation device on each side of the flap helps it lift up and close when water or sewage starts to backflow into your house. Gravity then causes it to drop back down again when flood conditions subside.
Rearrange Your Home
If your home is one-story, consider rearranging furniture so high-value items are on higher floors in case of flooding. Doing this can help protect these valuable possessions from being damaged due to water damage.
Rearranging furniture can give rooms a fresh new look, especially if your taste in decor has evolved over time. Not only does this restore balance to your home, but also harmony – essential for feeling healthy and contented.
Another advantage of rearranging your furniture is that it helps maximize natural light entering the room, making the space brighter and cozier. Plus, this could potentially save on electricity costs too! Rearranging furniture is a quick and effortless way to freshen up any space – don’t delay!