Summer can bring more than blue skies and chirping birds.
If you live in an area where storms and hurricanes are common, summer can also bring bad weather that floods your home, ruins your belongings and decreases your property value.
Here are just a few tips to keep your home from flooding and avoiding the water damage that can come with summer rain.
Know your enemy.
Do some research and figure out things like your home’s flood level threshold and your city’s average precipitation rate.
You can’t build a solid action plan against flooding until you know what kind of flooding that you’ll be up against.
For example, if you’re thinking of sloping your yard to protect your foundation, you’ll need to calculate the heights, widths and inclines necessary to prevent the usual amount of water build-up.
Install gutters and flood vents.
Gutters and flood vents are two ways of re-directing water from your property.
The former will keep rainwater at bay by channeling it away from your home, and the latter will stop it from pooling and flooding in lower levels like the basement.
Just make sure that you’re having them installed by professionals who deal with gutter installation. It would also be a good idea to see if they understand concepts like lawn grading and base flood elevation (BFE). Flood protection isn’t the kind of thing that you want to DIY.
Waterproof your home.
There are many ways to waterproof your property against storms.
The most obvious is installing flashing around your doors and windows to act as a kind of barrier against the rain, but you can go even deeper than that with special moisture-resistant drywall and brick sealants.
You’ll need to do some remodeling, but if your home is a frequent victim of floods, it might be worth the expense in the long run.
Prepare for clogs and blockages.
Flooding isn’t just about the water.
It’s also about flood-related hazards such as fallen objects, floating debris and upended tree roots.
These things can cause serious obstructions to everyday drainage systems, so you might want to install a sewer back flow valve or a basement sump pump to ready yourself for emergency flooding scenarios.
You never know when an inconvenient branch during a rain storm will cause dirty sewer water to flood your basement, so it pays to be prepared.
You can’t stop the floods from rising, but you can prevent them from causing unnecessary interruptions to your life.
Use these guidelines for flood-proofing your home and protecting both your family and your assets from the whims of summertime weather.