Rainy Season? Tips for Flood Prevention
As the rainy season dawns on this section of the globe, floods can become quite a headache for homeowners in flood-prone areas. Although the landscape of your property and zone can be a major factor in how flood-prone your home is, as can the topographical layout of the city in which you live, there are a few things you can do to minimize the likelihood of flooding in your home.
One of the best things you can do to prevent flooding is to hire a plumber to install a sump pump. When choosing a sump pump for your home, make sure to get one that is large enough to handle the amount of water that you will have to deal with. If possible, connect your sump pump to a backup source of power in case the electricity should fail right when you need it most.
If you have a basement, make sure any windows are waterproof. Installing glass block windows is a great way to keep the water out of your basement. When waterproofing your basement, however, make sure that it is properly ventilated.
You can install backwater valves, both interior and exterior, in your drains to help prevent them from getting clogged by excessive water. Backwater valves work best when installed in the drains found in the lowest sections of your home such as the basement or ground floor bathrooms.
If your property is prone to flooding, make sure that all furnace, electrical panel boxes, water heaters, washing machines, and dryers are placed safely outside of potential flooding zones. These are items that can have dangerous consequences if swamped by floodwaters so, no matter how much you flood-proof your home, don’t take any risks. Install interior floodwalls around any utilities that cannot be relocated to minimize the chance of irreparable damage or serious injury in case of flooding.