Preparing Your Home for Flooding
Tips on how to prepare your home for flooding.
Think flooding won't affect you? Don't be so sure.
According to FloodSmart.gov, twenty percent of flood claims occur in low-risk zones, and your homeowner's insurance will not cover the damage.
In addition to purchasing flood insurance, you can protect your possessions by planning ahead and using these tips:
- Seal Up Leaks and Cracks - Cracks in the foundation and loose shingles on the roof can cause leaks in a home. Leaks weaken structure and create breeding zones for dangerous molds, so make repairs as soon as you notice them. Backed-up water exacerbates leaks, so make sure to clear your gutters before a storm.
- Get Battery-Powered - A battery-powered sump pump will actively pump floodwater from your basement after the power goes out, which is detrimental in rising waters.
- Relocate and Elevate - Storing valuables upstairs rather than in the basement will protect them from floodwaters. Additionally, FEMA suggests elevating furnaces and water pumps twelve inches above your area's record flood height.