Every home is at risk for flooding during heavy rainfall periods. Although it is impossible to completely eliminate the possibility of a flood, there are preventative measures that can reduce the chances of a flood and ensure your home is protected in case one occurs. Consider these flood control fixes to help prevent stormwater runoff and flash floods from damaging your home.
- Slope soil away from your home's foundation, decks and porches.
- Look for holes or cracks in your foundation and completely seal these with vinyl concrete patching.
- Ensure that the downspouts around your home are sloped away from the foundation to allow water to drain away from your home.
- In the fall and spring, clean out eavestroughs and downspouts of any debris that might prevent proper drainage.
- Plug holes or cracks in your eavestroughs, downspouts, downspout extensions and seal these with silicon caulk.
- Attach a few feet of extra downspout to the bottom of the downspout to ensure runoff is draining far away from your home.
- If you do not already have one, install a sump pump in your basement. A sump pump will act like a drain and prevent water from building up in the basement.
- Do not store valuables or important documents in the basement as this is the most common location in households for a flood.
- Ensure all furniture have legs so that in the case of a flood, furniture fabric will not accumulate or absorb any flood water.
4. Sewer Line
- Consider having a backwater valve (or backflow preventer) installed onto your home's sewer line by a professional. In the event of a back-up, the valve automatically closes to prevent water and sewage from entering your home.
- Ensure that the backwater valve is properly installed to ensure sewage and water is stopped and not able to enter through other outlets in your basement, such as a sink, toilet or shower.