Jun 23, 2017
While you can’t control the weather and other accidents, you can take preventative measures to protect your home from flooding. The dangers posed by floodwaters seeping indoors can be both costly and deadly. Arm your home - and your family - against the attacker that some say is inevitable (especially in the Midwest where basements are prevalent).
Install Check Valves & French Drains
‘Check valves’ installed inside of sewer traps prevent floodwater backups, allowing waste and water to flow in only one direction - away. They can be installed on your own or hired out.
French drain installation is a bit more complicated but necessary to divert standing surface water away from your home. Specially designed for properties that slope, these devices will redirect pursuant and persistent water in a snap.
Pro Tip: French drains come in several varieties of; check out HouseLogic.com for the full rundown of when and how to use them.
Wet and Dry Flood Proofing
Homes with basements typically require wet flood proofing, where allowing controlled amounts of water inside is your home’s safest option. Many opt to utilize a sump pump (or multiple sump pumps) to direct the floodwater back out.
Dry flood proofing is a great option for slab, brick or other homes built to withstand it. Keep floodwater out of your basement with sandbags and proper sealants. Seal the foundation and any doors and windows located below the floodplain elevation.
For more information, visit How Stuff Works.
Pro Tip: Never underestimate the importance of gutter maintenance! Clean out any clogged gutters and drains. Ensuring they are clear of debris allows water to flow in the right direction - away from your home!
Bonus Tip: Be sure your yard is graded to allow water to flow away from the home, or something as simple as a bird’s nest in your gutter can wreak havoc.
Seal Basement Walls & Foundation Cracks
Avoid floodwater seepage with sealant and waterproofing compounds on your basement walls and masonry caulk or hydraulic cement in your foundation cracks (mortar and cement are prone to re-cracking). This is one of those steps you don’t want to skip because you’ll likely kick yourself later if you do. Homes with basements are prone to flooding, and we’d rather see you safe than sorry!
Pro Tip: Anchor and raise indoor and outdoor equipment such as fuel tanks, air-conditioning units, generators, furnaces and major appliances to a level higher than your regulation flood level. Not only are these items expensive to replace, but they could cause further damage upon exposure to standing water.
Monitor & Alarm
If we are starting to sound a lot like Bob Vila, that’s because home ownership is an ongoing project! You can, however, confidently turn over certain tasks to the experts for the latest in home security. It’s not always good enough to have the right items installed, constructed and sealed, unfortunately. Thankfully, monitoring is available for things like sump pump failure, flooding and water leaks (from appliances, for example). When an alarm goes off, our 24/7 monitoring center is notified immediately, and so are you if you opt for mobile services (see below).
This level of home security is called environmental monitoring, and it’s the only surefire way to fully and completely protect your home around the clock. If water gets in, the calls go out. This allows your family members, pets and belongings a sense of safety when you are not able to constantly monitor them.
Pro Tip: Receive instant text or email alerts on your smart device for environmental changes that occur in your home or on your property with Total Connect. Check in and react before the damage is done.
You can never be too safe; that is what we are here for. It’s our job to keep you Per Mar protected at all times. It’s what we have been doing since 1953! Contact us for more information or a free security review.