Living near water is a dream for so many people. We picture peaceful sunsets and fun summer days. As great as those benefits are, they all seem to disappear when you think about the flood risk.
Did you know one inch of flooding can cost over $27,000 to repair? The good news is that there are plenty of ways architects, contractors, and homeowners can team up to lower the risk of damage.
If you want to safeguard your home with house flood protection, these tips can benefit new homes and old homes alike.
House Flood Protection Tips
There are two key approaches to flood protection: keeping water out and protecting your home from water that gets in. The best results will come from a combination of the two. Start with these essential tips.
1. Choose Specialized Water Valves
Every opening leading into your home is an opportunity for water to get in. That includes every pipe that comes out of your house. To protect these vulnerable spots, you need a backflow valve on every pipe.
For optimal protection, gate valves are your best bet. They’re more complex but they also seal out water and protect against backflow better.
As a homeowner, you also need to know how to operate the valves in your home. Ask your contractor to show you the ropes when they install them.
2. Elevate Your Electrical System
Your electrical system is one of the most vulnerable parts of your home. If water gets into the system it can fry your appliances and send your repair costs through the roof.
As a precaution, all your sockets and switches should be at least a foot above your area’s expected flood level. Local contractors should know how high to place these components, especially if you’re in an area with high flood risk.
The most vital part of your electrical system is your breaker box. It’s especially important to place this box high enough that it’s safe from flooding.
3. Use Dry Flood-Proofing Sealants
Dry flood-proofing refers to strategies and techniques that keep water from getting into your home. In some cases, these strategies have the added bonus of lowering your flood insurance premiums. Learn more about the insurance costs you can expect.
Some of the easiest and fastest dry flood-proofing methods are to use specific sealants and coatings. Applying them to your walls, foundation, doorways, and windows can keep water from seeping through the cracks.
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4. Secure Your Outdoor Appliances
Most of the flood protection tips we’ve mentioned have focused on protecting the inside of your home. Not everything that’s valuable is inside your house, though.
It’s also vital to protect your outdoor appliances like generators, air conditioner units, and fuel tanks. If you don’t, they can get damaged or washed away by flooding.
To protect these appliances you first need to elevate them above the average flood level. Next, you need to anchor them to the ground at this raised height.
This technique ensures that your appliances don’t drown in water and that they stay in place. Depending on how you anchor them, it can protect them from theft as well.
5. Tilt The Ground In Your Favor
Sometimes the problem with flooding isn’t the amount of water but where the water goes. If the water on your property tends to flow toward your home, you’re fighting a losing battle.
It’s worth your investment to adjust the grade of your property to direct water away from your house. Even a small angle can make a world of difference.
Still, standing water isn’t something you want to have anywhere on your property. Keep an eye out for the areas where water accumulates during rainstorms. When you’ve found them, install a drainage system in these areas to pull the water into the ground.
6. Consider Foundation Vents
We mentioned dry flood-proofing above as the techniques you can use to keep water out of your home. Wet flood-proofing practices address any flood water that does get into your home, minimizing the damage.
One useful wet flood-proofing option is to install foundation vents. These vents drain any water that gets into your home.
Foundation vents already common in areas of the country that have high flood risks. Still, not all homes have them and adding them can be worth your investment. Make sure you distribute them well enough that every room on the bottom floor of your house can benefit.
7. Elevate Major Appliances
Flooding does serious damage to the structure of your home, like your floors and walls. Don’t forget about how expensive it is to replace the appliances and possessions it damages, too.
You can protect some of those possessions by raising them off the ground. Something as simple as a one-foot platform can save you thousands during the next storm.
It’s especially common and easy to elevate your washer and dryer. In fact, a built-in shelf platform is a rising trend in today’s homes. You can make it serve multiple purposes by turning it into a small storage space.
Of course, it’s harder to elevate your kitchen appliances like a stove and refrigerator. Still, any appliance you can save will be worth the effort.
You can apply the same strategy to other possessions in your home too, especially if you have a basement or garage. Install shelves for storage boxes instead of letting them sit on the ground.
Fighting Back Against Flooding
As you’re building or renovating your home, it’s hard to think about all the “what ifs” and natural disasters. Homeowners often think they can wait until there’s an immediate threat to prepare.
However, most of the house flood protection tips above take time to complete. Floods and natural disasters can happen in the blink of an eye, so it’s better to protect your home far in advance with steps like these.
For more steps you can take to make your home safer and more enjoyable, check out our blog of residential home design tips.