If you have experienced flooding in your home you understand how detrimental it can be. The damaged caused by flooding not only affects the contents inside the home but the structure of the property itself. Below are out top three tip to protect your home from flooding.
Check and Repair Your Roof
A leaky roof can cost hundreds and thousands of dollars in damage. Water seeps in to the attic area wetting the insulation, wood members, and any electrical. This can cause mold, wood rot, corroded electrical, and the electrical can catch on fire. Contract a license roofer or a reputable roofing contractor to inspect the roof, check for undetected leaks, and complete any needed repairs.
Keep Gutters Clean
Gutters are intended to move water down from the roof away from the house and foundation. When gutters are clogged the water takes the path of least resistance typically towards the walls and ceiling of a home. The overflowing water can damage the exterior of the home as well as the structural integrity. Water hitting the paint and siding of the home can damage paint and cause wood rot. Water hitting a home’s foundation can cause it to expand and crack. We recommend cleaning the gutters of your home two to three times a year and clearing out leaves and other debris that may be present as well as making any repairs necessary.
Install Sewer Back-flow Valve
In you live in a flood prone area rising water may cause sewage to back up into your homes through the drainpipe. A sewer backup is one of the most unpleasant events one can encounter, the water is dangerous because it can carry diseases. To prevent this, we recommend installing a backflow valve, the valve has a flapper that closes automatically when needed preventing sewer water from rising and often the valve can be operated manually for increased security.