Different areas of the country experience different weather patterns that concern homeowners. Californians worry about wildfires, Oklahomans are concerned about tornadoes, and Floridians stress about the risk of hurricanes.
Maintaining Your Roof
The roof of your home is one of the primary areas that can cause flooding. If you do not inspect your roof regularly, it can be easy to overlook roof vulnerabilities and damage. You do not want to wait until a roof leak that has the potential to severely damage your home to occur before you find problems with your roof.
The foundation of your home can also cause flooding issues. Believe it or not, water damage can occur if rainwater is allowed to pool next to your foundation. It does not require major flooding, a small rainstorm can do major damage to your foundation.
Installing a Sump Pump
If you currently do not own a sump pump, you should invest in one. A sump pump removes water that collects in your basement. Although this does not guarantee flooding will not occur in your basement, it can help to minimize the damage.
Seal It Up
Sealing your foundation can help to safeguard against foundational flooding. However, it is important to note that the sealant may degrade with time. Therefore, you must be on the lookout for any dampness in your basement. If you notice dampness, you should have the foundation of your home re-sealed.
Watch for Hazards that Can Damage Your Roof
You know how important your roof is to keep the weather out of your home and the importance of ensuring your roof is sound and in good working order, but you also need to look beyond your roof. Look around the surrounding area of your home for any items that could potentially damage your roof. Large trees should be planted away from your home to help prevent limbs or the entire tree from falling on your roof.
Keep Expensive Equipment Off the Ground
You can avoid spending thousands of dollars in repairs and replacements by being careful where your assets are stored. For example, avoid placing your outside air conditioning unit directly on the ground. Placing it on a thick slab of concrete can help prevent water from seeping inside your unit and causing damage.
Buy a Waterproof Safe
Irreplaceable items like social security cards, passports, treasured heirlooms, and birth certificates should be stored in a waterproof safe to help minimize the risk of flood damage.
Home Security System
Many people think home security systems are only used to reduce the risk of theft by scaring off would-be burglars. However, a security system can alert you if flooding occurs in your home.
Install a Backflow Valve on Your Sewage System
Outdoor flooding can cause sewer lines to push sewage into your home. Installing a backflow valve on your sewage line can help prevent this from occurring and protect your home and your health from the dangers of raw sewage.
Flood Insurance is Vital
Homeowners do not get flood insurance because they think their homeowner’s insurance policy will cover flood damage; unfortunately, if flooding occurs, they quickly realize that a homeowner’s policy does not cover flood damage.