Preparing for a flood isn’t something that most homeowners want to think about, but unfortunately, it’s reality. As a responsible homeowner, it’s your duty to stay diligent and prepare for any potential floods that could cause significant damage to your home. What’s even more concerning is that many homeowners don’t quite understand the best ways to prepare their homes for flooding, particularly their basements. As a result, they make mistakes that cost them time and money. Here are just a few mistakes to avoid when you’re preparing your basement for flooding.
Not Moving/Elevating Appliances
Many homeowners make this mistake because they just don’t think about taking the precaution until it’s already too late and the damage has been done. If you know there’s a heavy rainstorm coming your way that could cause significant flooding, it’s crucial to protect your major appliances. All large appliances in your basement should be moved upstairs, if possible. Otherwise, keep them elevated to prevent them from sustaining water damage. This includes everything from washers, dryers, and furnaces to bathroom fixtures like sinks and toilets. Don’t forget the water heater!
Not Thoroughly Repairing/Waterproofing Foundation
According to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), floods are the number one disaster in America, averaging over $3 billion in claims per year. And while there are countless benefits that come with investing in the services of a foundation repair contractor, many homeowners just don’t know that their home’s foundation could be contributing to its flooding damage. But by taking the time to repair your home’s foundation and take other basement waterproofing precautions like sealing cracks in the walls and floors, you can minimize flooding damage and protect your home’s structural foundation.
Entering the Flooded Basement
Hopefully, these tips can help prevent flooding damage, but the reality is that over 98% of all homes with basements will experience some type of water damage. If your basement floods despite your best prevention efforts, make sure to avoid the temptation to enter it. Not only are you at risk for electrocution, but you could also be making yourself vulnerable to waterborne pathogens.
Understanding the best ways to properly prepare for a flood is the key to minimizing damage. For more information about hiring a foundation repair contractor or seeking other foundation repair services, contact The Real Seal LLC.