How Can I Prevent Flooding In My Home?

The weathers warmer, flowers are blooming, birds are chirping, it’s finally springtime! But this also means more rain, which can lead to flooding.  Flooding in a home can happen in the blink of an eye and cause a lot of long lasting damage.  Even the smallest amount of water in a home can cost a homeowner thousands of dollars to repair.  Take precautions and make sure that your home can withstand even the hardest of rainfalls.  Use these tips in order to prevent flooding and substantial damage to your home.

  • Determine how water flows around your house – During a rainstorm, walk around the outside of your home and make sure that all water is flowing away from the foundation.  Any water that is pooling or flowing towards the foundation should be fixed immediately by adding more soil to these places.
  • Check your soil grade – Your yard should be angled down and away from the foundation.  Check the grade of your surrounding soil and add more if needed to make sure that no water flows towards your home.
  • Close foundation cracks – Even a hairline crack in the foundation can lead to flooding.  Check the foundation around the outside of the home for any cracks and make repairs immediately.  Patch foundation cracks with masonry caulk or hydraulic cement.  These expand and fill any gaps completely.
  • Inspect and repair your roof – A leaky roof can not only create ugly water stains on the ceiling, but it can also be the cause of a house flood.  Have your roof checked for any undetected leaks or missing shingles and make repairs right away.
  • Keep gutters clean – Gutters can get backed up by leaves, twigs, debris, etc.  This can cause water to backup, overflow, and pool at your foundation, causing flooding.  Make sure to clear gutters of leaves after the fall season, or invest in gutter leaf guards.
  • Direct downspouts away from your house – Make sure all downspouts are directed away from your home. Add downspout extenders, which can direct water up to 10 feet away from the foundation, or direct downspouts into large rain barrels.
  • Invest in a battery-powered sump pumpSump pumps are one of the most convenient flood control methods because they help remove water quickly if flooding occurs.  They are relatively inexpensive and run on battery, so they will still prevent flooding even during a power outage.
  • Invest in flood sensors and automated shutoff valves – Investing in flood sensors and automated shutoff valves can save a homeowner a lot of money in the long run.  Flood sensors are designed to alert homeowners at the first signs of flooding in their home, and automated shutoff valves instantly shut off the main water in a home the second a flood sensor is activated.

If you do happen to have a run in with a flood, contact AAA Flood Drying for a quick cleanup service.