With the recent string of incidents of extreme weather, it is always a good idea to know the best ways to prevent extensive flood or water damage in your home. Most importantly, while you may not be able to mitigate all the flood risk your home may be under it is best to avoid the worst of the damage if at all possible. This will not only aid in a quicker recovery and rehabilitation of your home but will likely help you obtain a better insurance recovery. Below we have included some helpful DIY tips to ensure your home is better prepared to withstand a flood.
For the more intrepid homeowner, trying your hand at building floodwalls, or physical barriers to prevent your home from flooding is a viable option. This is probably the simplest (conceptually) to understand: if you cannot physically raise the elevation of your home then you can at least increase the elevation water must reach to occupy your home.
This refers to making cosmetic and structural changes to your home to make it more difficult for water to permeate inside. One great way to make sure your home is floodproof is to make your home watertight. For example, making sure your doors and windows are watertight with sealant or inserts is an excellent, cost-effective way of dealing with this issue. Moreover, make sure utility outlets and airbricks are kept sealed to ensure there aren’t any ‘holes in your plan’.
This option is the one that sounds most like surrender – if you can’t keep the water out then you must mitigate and minimize the damage that it can do. For example, you may want to install a solid, slab floor as opposed to expensive wood floors that will likely retain water damage and rot after a long flood. You can also move outlets away from the bottom of the floors and avoid furniture made of fabric if it is going to be immovable. Doing so will help minimize the amount of damage and recovery time necessary to be back in your routines.
When deciding which of these methods to employ remember that it is best to use a combination. Not one single plan is guaranteed. Moreover, consult with a professional to ensure you have the best options available for your specific circumstance. You can’t go wrong if you choose to call Clay at AAA Flood Drying. Contact us 24/7 and enjoy your flood-proof home!