Vital Flood Protection To Protect Your House

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There are a few steps you can take to give your house some flood protection. These steps can be crucial if you live in a flood plain. There are a few things you can do to help to decrease the damage that may occur if you are in a flood.

You should always make sure that the gutters on your home are working properly and are free of leaves and rubbish. If they need to be repaired, then you should do so. You also need to make sure the drainage is away from the foundation and not dumping all the water right at the house line, which can help prevent damage later. You should start making this part of your home repairs now since this can help keep your home beautiful and in good condition, even when there isn't a flood.

If you have a home with a basement, then you can waterproof the walls. This is by using a latex based paint and works best on concrete. It can assist in not letting water in and keep the walls from being damaged when it floods, as well as making the clean up easier. You also may want to look into a water shield when you have to do any roofing repairs, so that you can also waterproof the top as well.

If you have a garden, make sure that it is not right next to your home. These can keep more water in the soil and loosen the top layer of dirt, which can be deposited in your home. You can also choose plants that keep the topsoil close to them, which can keep mud from causing more damage to your home.

You should be keeping an eye on your electrical system and making sure that the wire coating doesn't have cracks or breaks in it. The fuse box should also be above the flood line, or on upper levels, so that the system can suffer less damage. Appliances also should be on upper levels, or placed a foot off the floor to minimize their damage as well.

If you do have a basement, you should have a sump pump. You should check on this a few times a year to make sure it works and have an alternate power source to run it. While it can be costly, this can remove water and help you quickly dry out your house after a flood.

You should also have an insurance plan for your house. While most traditional homeowner's policies will not cover this, the NFIP by the government can cover you. They also cover renters, so anyone can be covered under this plan. They do require you to have a short waiting period, so you need to inquire about this before you have the rainy season start.

You should always have an emergency plan to keep everyone in the house safe. While these tips can help with flood protection, people are the most important. Protecting your home can save you thousands, and give you a place to live after the flood has finished.

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