As spring sets in and rivers and streams begin to swell from melting snow, the threat of flooding becomes a real risk. The best time to prepare for disaster is before it strikes, so now’s a good time to put some thought into flood preparedness. The following are a few tips that can help you be prepared.
- Have an emergency kit ready- You should have an emergency kit on hand that will help you get through any type of natural disaster. This kit should include several days’ worth of food and water. It should also have other emergency supplies like first aid equipment and flashlights.
- Keep appliances elevated- Flood damage to your home can be minimized if you keep your appliances up off the ground. A furnace, electric panel, or water heater that has been submerged during a flood is likely to be completely ruined. Having to replace appliances can be a huge financial burden, so protect appliances by elevating them before the flood hits.
- Don’t build on a floodplain- The best time to start thinking about flood preparedness is before you’ve even constructed or bought your home. If you have no choice but to build on a floodplain, you can alleviate the risks of flood damage by elevating your structure as much as possible and having various reinforcements constructed that will keep flood water out.
- Make sure you have a good sump pump- A sump pump can be a lifesaver in the event of a flood. However, choosing the right sump pump can be complicated. You’ll have to put some research into finding the right product. You should also shop around for a backup sump pump or a backup power supply for your sump pump so that you can remove flood water from your home even if your power supply goes out.
- Have “check valves” installed- Check valves can be put into your plumbing system to help prevent flood waters from becoming backed up and interfering with your home’s drains.
- Have barriers constructed- In some cases, it may be possible to construct barriers that will keep flood water out of your building. These barriers can help to seal the walls in your basements and in other parts of your home.
- Be aware of any bodies of water that are close by- If you’ve got bodies of water like streams, rivers, and dams located near your home, you’ll be more at risk for flooding. Be aware of any bodies of water located nearby and keep an eye on them so you’re aware when flooding is imminent.
- Have an evacuation plan prepared- If flooding becomes severe enough, you’ll need to evacuate. You need to make sure that you have a well laid out plan regarding where you’ll go once the flooding starts. Everyone in your household should be aware of this plan.
- Know how to turn off utilities quickly- If flood waters reach utility supplies in your home, damage to your property could be drastically increased. Flooded utility supplies could cause electrical problems, fuel leaks, and many more hazards. You can minimize the chances of severe damage by knowing how to turn off utilities before flood waters reach your property.
Being prepared for flooding can help save homeowners a great deal of money and even lives when disaster strikes. If your home is an area that is at risk of flooding this spring and summer we hope that you consider these steps.