Flood Prevention Tips for Dealing With April Showers
Dry summer conditions are a distant memory for Buckhead homeowners who will soon face the possibility of damaging spring rains. Flood prevention strategies help Greater Atlanta residents avoid costly water damage, mold remediation and other concerns. Here’s what you need to do before - and after - the rains come.
Even though you can’t control the weather, you can control how the rain affects your home. Some preventive measures can make a world of difference in keeping your home damage-free. Here are a few methods to stop water from getting into your basement:
- Keep the ground next to the foundation from sloping downward toward your home.
- Position downspouts so that the drainage system directs rain water away from the home.
- Clear gutters of debris and leaves, which block the flow of water.
- Install a sump pump in the basement - along with a battery-operated backup pump - to divert groundwater away from the basement.
- Seal the basement if it leaks.
- Purchase flood insurance. Water damage that comes from the ground up generally isn’t covered in a standard homeowner’s policy.
- Store valuables elsewhere in the home, not in the basement. If you do store items in your basement, use shelving or other methods to keep storage items off the floor.
- Make a list of valuables stored in the basement. This will help you to process an insurance claim should the area flood.
Dealing With Flooding
If flooding does happen, and you have to deal with water in your home, there are some ways for you to handle the mess:
- Don’t enter a flooded basement until you’re sure that electricity is turned off. If it’s on, the water is “live” and extremely dangerous.
- Contact a professional for help to assess the damage.
- Get help from utility companies to evaluate sewer lines, gas lines, water and electricity.
- Once the water drains, remove wet and damaged items. Lay them out on the grass or in the garage to dry. If the basement is carpeted, remove the carpeting and underlay immediately. Have a professional check for mildew or mold.
- File a claim with your insurance company.
Flooded basements cost homeowners an average of $34,000 between 2006 and 2010, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency. In comparison, these flood prevention strategies require a smaller investment of money and time. For help implementing a flood-prevention plan or installing a sump pump, contact Casteel today!