With the devastating effects of Hurricane Harvey still fresh in the minds of all Houston-area residents, many people are concerned about the possibility of another terrible flood. Specifically, they want to know how to prevent flood damage to their homes in future events.
Whether your home sustained water damage or remained dry, everyone can benefit from knowing how to prevent flood damage. Read on for the best tips to protect your home.
FEMA suggests dry floodproofing, or sealing the exterior of your home to ensure that it’s waterproof. You can do this by filling any foundation cracks with mortar and masonry caulk or hydraulic cement.
Wet floodproofing involves altering the home for optimal drainage in case floodwaters come into the home. Floodwaters enter and exit the house at the same rate as they would outside. This provides efficient draining and minimal damage.
For a sensitive project like floodproofing, hiring an expert is always the safest choice.
Preventing Damage After a Flood
If your home is severely damaged, you still have options. You may consider the following actions, if possible:
- Remove the damaged parts of your home, such as flooring and baseboards.
- Elevate your home.
- Remodel using your own funds or an assistance program like FEMA.
- Relocate your home to higher ground.
- Demolish to sell or rebuild.
- Discuss further possibilities with your insurance company.
If you’re within the City of Houston and experienced flooding, agents are available to visit you onsite and help with funding options and guidance.
Below are a few ideas to save some heartache if you experience a catastrophic flood.
- Consider buying a sump pump so you can effectively pump water out of your home quickly in case of an emergency.
- Anchor fuel tanks, such as hot water heaters and furnaces. This step makes them less likely to float and subsequently rupture in a flood.
- Try to make sure that valuable items in your home are at least a foot above any known flood levels.
- Have a game plan for worst case scenarios. Think about safety measures for family and pets. Figure out what possessions could go upstairs or in your attic if water gets in. Identify your most important documents, medications, and other items to bring in case of an evacuation.
- Most importantly, think about flood insurance. It is a separate purchase from standard homeowner’s insurance. Unless you’re in a known flood plain, it isn’t a requirement, so you wouldn’t automatically have it.
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