How To Prevent Flooding in Your Home: A Step-By-Step Guide

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Worldwide, flooding causes more than $40 billion annually. In the US, an average of $8 billion of damage occurs annually. 

Even if you don't live in a high-flood zone area, your home is still at risk. Luckily, there are things you can do to prevent flooding in your home. 

Check out this guide to learn how to prevent flooding in your home. 

1. Keep Sandbags Handy 

If flood levels start to rise in your area, sandbags can help prevent water from coming through your lower windows or doorways. 

If you live in a high-risk flood zone, it's especially important to keep sandbags handy in case of an emergency. You can buy sandbags from your local hardware store, or you can make your own. 

You may also want to consider buying flood insurance should the sandbags fail. You can check out this guide to learn about the average cost of flood insurance. 

2. Test Your Sump Pump and Consider a Battery Backup 

Another way to prevent flooding in your home is to test your sump pump and to consider purchasing a backup battery. 

There are a number of different water detection alarms, systems, and sensors that can alert you of water leaks in your home. There are even systems that can be integrated with your home security system or your smart home to alert you of high water levels before there's a disaster. 

3. Regularly Drain Ditches and Clean Debris 

It's also important that you avoid leaves, mulch, and other debris from piling up in your yard. This yard debris can flush into your sewage drain or block the drainage paths. 

If your home is in an area with a lot of trees, make sure to rake your yard on a regular basis and bag the leaves when you're done raking. Then, set the bags of leaves by the curbside. 

Also, remember to check the storm drains surrounding your home to make sure that they're clear. If there is any visible blockage, remove it with a rake. If you find more severe blockages, contact your city or county sewage or water department. 

4. Seal Your Basement Windows 

Sealing your basement windows is another great way to prevent flooding in your home. 

Sealing and caulking low-level windows will help to improve water resistance. If you have older windows, you may even want to consider installing new ones. Newer windows come with better seals that can reduce the chances of water entering your home. 

Additionally, new windows can improve the water efficiency of your home. 

5. Check the Draining and Grading Around Your Home 

It's also important to make sure the area of your home is properly graded and has a well-functioning drainage system. 

To check the drainage and grading around your home, pay attention to when it rains. Water should trickle away from your home and the ground should slope away from the foundation. 

If your grading needs improvement, you can bring in sod or dirt. In some situations, you may even need to install a drainage system where the water accumulates so that the water has a place to go during heavy rainfalls. 

How to Prevent Flooding: Time to Act 

Now that you know how to prevent flooding, it's time to put these tips into action. Pretty soon, you'll have a flood proof home. 

Be sure to check back in with our blog for more tips and tricks on protecting your home.


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