Along with warmer weather and greener scenery, spring can also bring severe storms, heavy rain, and flooding which can result in costly water damage to your home and the loss of valuable possessions. Here are seven tips to help protect your home from flooding and water damage. |
The truth is, leaks and floods can affect everyone, from low to high. Short of termites, water damage is probably a homeowner's worst nightmare, for good reason. It's prevalent, and it can be very very costly.
Home owners and businesses can put in protection measures that will help to minimize the damage and speed up the repair time. This is known as ‘Flood Resistance' ~ this means protecting a property, using flood protection products or building materials to try to prevent floodwater from entering a property and damaging its fabric and contents.
These measures will involve some expense but will pay for themselves in the long term and will represent time and money well spent and, hopefully, reduce the distress flooding causes. They are far superior to the humble and inefficient traditional sandbags which often only filter the water. This type of intervention is only applicable if the flood water is no more than 0.9 of a metre deep (.6 in a new property) and if the floodwater does not lurk about for too long, e.g. a flashy type flood such as we experience as a result of a heavy downpour, following an intensive localized rainstorm, or in an area where a river rises and falls very swiftly.
Once you've done that, though, be aware of the following flood restoration points going forward:
1) Basements are, in some ways, meant to flood. To a certain extent, the basement is a buffer against damage to the rest of the house, and as such, you're not meant to keep a man-cave down there. Insurers certainly don't want to protect one if you do: Typical homeowner's insurance specifically states that it is not flood insurance, and FEMA flood insurance excludes a lot of what you might want covered, including basements, floor coverings, furniture and electronics. And a big problem that many Hurricane Irene victims are finding out is that their insurance doesn't cover damage after sump pumps stop working thanks to a power outage.
2) Water is sneaky. In Rihanna's case, one of the alleged responses to a balcony being improperly sloped was that it was under a deep overhang. But rain, as any homeowner learns to their peril, doesn't just fall down: it flows sideways and slant-wise. To defend against that, potential home buyers can attempt to run an inspection diagnostic where you take a garden house and water your target roof (or balcony) for an hour.
With the likelihood of increasing storms, hurricanes, and floods in the future; protecting your home from rising water and making sure your roof is in good condition are more important than ever.
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