you live in Florida, flood is definitely one your least
favorite words and for a good reason. It turns out that floods are the
number one natural disaster in the United States. It’s astonishing to know
that just a few inches of water from a flood can cause tens of thousands of
dollars of damage to your home and property. The good news is, there are
things you can do around your home to prepare yourself.
are a few ideas you can do right now to keep your home
protected from flood:
Buy flood insurance
insurance is advisable for all homeowners and is separate from your
homeowner’s insurance policy. It is especially important if you are in, or
near, a high-risk flood zone. Call us to discuss your flood insurance
Clean your gutters
systems carry water to an area where it will create the least damage.
However, clogged gutters can cause erosion, flooding and foundation damage.
Get an inspection
if you are handy, you may not have the knowledge to predict how your home
will handle flood conditions. A professional inspector can tell you exactly
where water damage is likely, so you know where to focus your efforts.
Close foundation gaps
damage is often caused by water exposure. Your foundation supports your
entire house, so damage can lead to high-cost repairs. Look around the base
of your home and check for cracks. The faster you fix cracks before they
grow, the easier and cheaper the repairs will be.
your electrical system component (switched, sockets, circuit breakers and
wiring) will prevent damage to the system and avoid potential for fire from
outdoor equipment, such as fuel tanks and generators can damage your home
by floating, rupturing or releasing fuel. Anchoring equipment is usually
Install flood vents
your basement, crawlspace walls or garages do not have opening to relieve
the pressure of water against them during a flood, the walls can be damaged
drainage systems move flood waters to non-risk areas. Be sure to direct
downspouts to at least 10 feet away from your home or business and clear
gutters of any debris.