With the recent hurricanes and subsequent flooding, people are finally realizing that a flood can strike anywhere. You don't need to be living near the water to end up knee deep in water. A flood could be caused by high tides, heavy rainfall, or a breached dam. According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), there is no region of the United States that is completely safe from flooding.
A flood could ruin your walls and furniture, or even lead to toxic mold growth in your home. Even minor floods can cause thousands of dollars worth of damage.
With all of the natural disasters that we've been seeing on the news, you want to be sure that your home is flood proof. To minimize damage in a flood, follow these simple tips:
Anchoring furniture is especially important with outdoor furniture and appliances. You don't want to lose the furniture you paid good money for in a flood. You also don't want your furniture to float away and cause damage to someone else's house. Remember, you may get significant flooding inside of your home, so it's a good idea to anchor indoor furniture as well.
Install Foundation Vents
Did you know water can actually flow through your foundation, rather than around it? If water is hammering against your foundation, it will eventually wear it away, but foundation vents allow water to flow through your foundation, instead of against it, minimizing the threat of your home literally washing away.
Sealants are an inexpensive way to protect your home. Pick them up at your local hardware store and apply them to your exterior walls to minimize or even prevent water damage. You should also apply a sealant to any wood furniture you have inside or outside of the house.
Obtain Flood Insurance
In some cases, there might just be no way to prevent flooding damage to your home. In these cases, the only way to prevent damage is to have flood insurance. Flood insurance isn't always easy to get. You'll have to purchase flood insurance through an insurance company and may need to obtain flood elevation certificates first.
When a flood is imminent there are a few last minute measures you can take. Make sure appliances and electronics are unplugged. If possible they should be lifted off of the floor. Before the flood strike, you should also be sure to shut off your electricity, clear your gutters, and move valuables to upper levels.
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