Water has the terrifying power to drown your home and all your memories in a heartbeat. This might sound like a bad dream, but is the sad reality for many homeowners who’ve gone through the horror of their home being devastated by water damage.
Water is unpredictable and flooding can originate from various sources, whether it’s a plumbing mishap or a natural disaster. However, according to the experts at OneStop Plumbers there are some steps you can take to prevent water damage and save thousands of dollars and countless hours on water damage restoration. Read on to learn more.
Seal Up All The Cracks
If you really want to protect your house from the flood, start with the fundamentals. That means securing your foundation. As time passes, small cracks tend to develop in the foundation. These cracks let small amounts of water in and as they do, the water widens them. This can present a huge flooding threat in the long run.
Fortunately, this is an issue you can resolve on your own. Use mortar and/or a masonry caulk to seal up any gaps in the foundation. Make sure you keep an eye out on for new cracks developing.
When sealing up the cracks in the foundation, don’t forget to inspect the rest of the walls in your home. A simple sealant can help you seal up areas such as walls, windows and doors. You can even use it to add an extra layer of protection to your foundation. Sealant can help keep the water away from your home, and as such is highly valuable in protecting your home.
Landscaping Can Do Wonders
People don’t always realize how protective landscaping can be. Landscaping your home regularly can help prevent major flooding issues. Make sure to clean downspouts and gutters. If there’s plant buildup in your gutters, the water will accumulate instead of flowing away. Also make sure to keep your drains and ditches from overflowing.
Drain All The Plugs
Homeowners don’t realize how dangerous the sewer can be. If the sewage backs up, not only will your home be flooded, it will be flooded by disgusting stench. To prevent this from happening, install drain plugs in all the sewage drains. A plumber should install backflow valves on pipes throughout your home, so the sewage cannot pour back into your home.
Professional Maintenance Is Key
While most of this article focuses on things you can do on your own, it’s imperative to realize how invaluable professional help can be, especially in a crisis such as a home flooding. While you are probably able to handle sealing your home up on your own, more complex plumbing tasks such as installing backflow valves, inspecting the various elements and other safety measures meant to protect your from flooding are best left to professionals. Don’t get stingy when the fate of your home and family is at the risk. Hiring a professional plumber is certainly more affordable than water damage restoration.
Make Sure You Are Prepared
The sad reality is that you cannot always be 100% prepared for a flood. Even if the FEMA claims there’s a 1% chance of your home being flooded, the prospect is still highly plausible. So apart from making sure your home is physically prepared, you need to prepare yourself and your family members to know how to act. Flooding can be dangerous and scary and thinking calmly and on your feet is key in saving as much of your home as you can. Make sure to have an emergency bag ready, keep the most expensive possessions and money on top shelves and make sure you have a sump pump just in case.