Just Found Out That Your New Home Is In A Flood Zone? 3 Ways To Protect Your Home From Water Damage

If your new home is located in a flood zone, you should probably expect to experience at least one flood. You can't prevent floods caused by nature, but you can do things to prepare for them. Taking the time to prepare for the inevitable flood can help make the recovery process easier. Here are just a few of the things you can do to get ready for flood season.

Repair Your Foundation

The foundation is your first line of defense against interior flooding. Flood waters can enter your home through small cracks in the foundation. Before rainy season arrives, take the time to do a thorough inspection of the perimeter of your home. Look for signs of cracks or breaks in the foundation. Be sure to repair the damage as soon as possible.

Supplies You'll Need

  • Wire brush

  • Mortar

  • Masonry caulk

  • Pie-shaped trowel

Directions

  1. Use your wire brush to remove loose concrete from the crack.

  2. Fill the crack with a generous amount of masonry caulk. 

  3. Allow the caulk to dry for several hours.

  4. Pour mortar mix into a bucket and prepare it according to package instructions.

  5. Use pie-shaped trowel to apply a thin layer of mortar to the surface of the crack. This will seal the crack and prevent future damage.

  6. Allow the mortar to air dry.

  7. Repeat the process on all visible cracks.

Purchase a Battery-Operated Sump Pump

If you have a basement, you probably have a drainage system installed. However, you'll still need to have a back-up system in case the primary system fails. A battery-operated sump pump will allow you to remove water from your basement even if the electricity is out. Be sure to store the pump, and additional batteries, in a convenient location.

Install Emergency Sewer/Septic Valves

When your yard floods, it can inundate the sewer or septic system. When that happens, you may find raw sewage backing up into your home through the drain pipes. Installing sewer/septic line check valves can prevent that from happening. Line check valves prevent raw sewage from backing up through the drains.

You never know when a flood is going to happen. Properly preparing for the inevitable flood can help you recover quicker. Advanced preparation can also help reduce the water damages you suffer. The suggestions listed above will help you prepare your home for flood season. If your home is damaged by a flood, you should contact a water damage contractor, such as Servpro Of Framingham, as soon as possible.

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