There are several ways to protect your home from flooding, including elevating your home, using a sump pump, and sealing cracks in the foundation. In addition, elevating your home and its essential household items can protect your belongings from damage. Flood damage can cost thousands of dollars, so it’s crucial to act now and take these precautions. Here are some important tips:
Raising your home on stilts
A rise in sea level and a rise in storm surge are two factors that contribute to the increasing frequency and severity of hurricanes. With global warming, average sea levels are rising, and storms are more powerful and produce greater storm surges. Raising your home on stilts to protect against flooding is a viable option. It may not be affordable for everyone, but experts advise that you seek professional advice before you take the plunge. The process involves shutting off utilities and lifting the house by professionals.
Installing a sump pump
If you live in an area prone to flooding, consider installing a sump pump. This inexpensive device will help protect expensive items in your basement from flood damage. While insurance claims may not cover the full cost of damaged items, a sump pump can ensure that your possessions remain dry. Also, a sump pump will remove any debris that could block its switch, impeller, or intake. Be sure to check the pump regularly to ensure that it is working properly.
Sealing cracks in the foundation
Although most homes have solid foundations, there are a few reasons why your home may experience flooding. The first is that Texas soils are made up largely of clay, which absorbs and holds a lot of moisture. When saturated, these soils can expand and press against the foundation of your home. If you don’t fix cracks in your foundation now, the damage can be even worse later.
Elevating essential household equipment
While you may be in an area that rarely experiences flooding, it’s still wise to elevate the electrical panels and water heater in your home. By elevating these appliances one foot above the floor, you can minimize the damage that flooding can do. Here’s how to do this safely:
Using a flood alert system
The use of a flood early warning system is increasingly relevant in the fight against flooding. Developed for mobile devices, this technology allows for a real-time view of water levels in the city. Such data can help people avoid flood damage and save lives. It is possible to connect to the system via a WiFi network. Furthermore, flood early warning systems can be customized to meet the needs of different community groups.