The Lowcountry has been subject to many a rain shower these past few weeks. Although we would definitely prefer it to the snowstorms in the Northern part of the country, there are still risks we run with the heavy amounts of standing water. Flooding can cause permanent damage to a home, and make structures incredibly difficult to maintain. Besides making sure you’re up-to-date with your Homeowner’s Insurance, we’ve gathered several tips to keeping your home safe from flooding this rainy season.
Be sure to jot down these five ways to flood-proof your home!
Seal Your Foundation
First and foremost, ensure your foundation is adequately sealed. This applies to any cracks, your walls, windows, doorways, etc. that can allow water in from the outside elements. You can find a sufficient product for sealing at your local hardware store.
Sump pumps are used to remove accumulated water, compiling it all in a water-collecting sump basin. These are usually located in the basement of homes, or wherever the home is most prone to flooding. These work by pumping water collected to the outside, and are run off of your general electricity. You can also buy sump pumps that are battery-powered, which can come in handy when there is a power outage.
Flood sensors can be added to your home security system and can relieve a lot of worries. These devices detect moisture levels that help monitor for potential flooding and can have a huge bang for your buck. If you sense a flood before it happens, you save a lot of your hard-earned time and money.
Keep Electric Raised
All electrical outlets in your home should be raised to at least one foot above flood level, in case of electrical damage caused by flooding.
Grade Your Lawn
Grading, or leveling your lawn means to properly structure the lawn so that it doesn’t tilt toward your house. This tilt results in a better chance of having moisture seep in from the lawn, especially in flood situations. This can be a huge difference-maker when it comes to potential flooding and will result in a more aesthetically pleasing yard.
The key to keeping your home protected from a flood is to be prepared in advance. All of these measures can be taken before a storm hits so that when you’re in danger, you can rest in knowing that you’ve done all that you can to protect your home. Because, what’s better than a safety net?