Floods are more than just momentary inconveniences. If you don’t adequately protect your home from flooding and water damage, you risk losing up to 30 percent of your home’s market value, should you go to sell it in the future.
Luckily, you can protect your home with preventative measures and in-the-moment solutions. Both strategies will help you retain your home’s value and protect your family from rising waters.
Best Practices for Flood-Proofing Your Home
If you live in a rain-heavy city or are preparing for an unusually wet year, then it’s time to start considering your flood-proofing options. While you may not be able to invest in solutions quickly enough to endure a flash flood, any preparation on your part will help you maintain the value of your home and prevent future repair costs.
Looking for a place to start? Consider:
- Investing in A Sump Pump
When fully powered, sump pumps can remove more than 2,000 gallons of water from your home per hour. If you’re looking to invest in flood protection, there are no better waterproofing measures to have at your disposal.
Before choosing a pump to invest in, be sure to speak with the contractors in your area about the pumps that may best suit your home specifically. Certain brands are better for larger spaces, and you’ll want to ensure your home is well-protected.
The cost of your sump pump installation will vary based on the brand you invest in. You’ll want to make room in your budget for a battery backup sump pump at a minimum. Battery backups will ensure your sump pump continues to remove water from your home even if your power goes out. Furthermore, they’ll protect you from any electrical shortages that might otherwise damage a traditional pump.
- Inspecting Your Gutters and Drains
Your gutters and drainage pipes are already designed to move water away from the perimeter of your home. If you let these waterproofing measures go without an inspection, you may find that they do more harm than good.
Before a major rainstorm or flood, be sure to look over your gutters and remove any clutter. You’ll also want to appropriately position your downspouts so that incoming rain finds its way toward the lowest parts of your lawn instead of into your basement. When in doubt, consider adding extension pipes onto your existing downspouts to better control the flow of water around your home, as well as placing the downspout lines in the ground.
- Using Smart Water Sensors
A smart water sensor can help you stay on top of your basement’s moisture and water levels, no matter where you are or what the weather’s like. These sensors pair with your smartphone and alert you if water starts to settle in the lowest parts of your basement. If you get an alert in the midst of a storm, you’ll be able to respond accordingly. You can also use the data provided by the sensors to better invest in localized waterproofing measures in the days to come.
- Finding the High Ground
Sometimes the best way to combat a flood is to go back to the basics. If you have any precious belongings in your home that you’ve put into storage, be sure to move them to higher ground before a flood. In doing so, you buy your belongings time before standing water may otherwise reach them.
- Considering Backflow Drain Valves
You’ll also want to consider investing in drain accessories prior to a flood. Backflow drain valves, for example, prevent your septic system from overflowing into your home. Installation costs roughly $300, depending on the size of your home, and can keep both rainwater and sewage from making your life more difficult.
Preventing Flood Damage
Floods do more than displace your family and disrupt your life. They can also cost you a pretty penny. By taking long-term steps to protect your home prior to a flood, you can better preserve the value of your home as well as your mental health.
- Install a Flood Vent
At first glance, installing a flood vent may seem like a bad idea. After all, these vents let water into your home. However, flood vents limit the amount of pressure floodwaters can put on the outside of your home. When you install flood vents, you can rely on your sump pump or other drainage systems to remove water from your home without worrying about whether your walls will collapse.
- Keep Your Utilities Off the Ground
The last thing you want to deal with on top of a flood is a damaged utility system. If possible, try to elevate your utility systems so they’re less likely to fall victim to water damage, should your basement begin to fill.
- Invest in Interior Drains
For a more comprehensive waterproofing system to better protect your home, you’ll want to pair your sump pump with an interior drainage system.
Interior drains – like the specially-designed BasementGutter™ system that Complete Basement Systems installs – work by catching leaking water from the walls and floor. Once this water is collected, it is channeled to the sump pump system which then pumps it out of the basement. For added protection, a dehumidifier will help pull excess moisture out of the air. We recommend an energy-efficient dehumidifier that also self-drains – into the interior drainage or sump pump – so you won’t have to worry about emptying any buckets.
- Curtain Your Exterior Drain
Your exterior drains need flood protection as well. You can curtain your drains with the help of loose gravel. These drain curtains limit the flow of water back into your home and keep your pipes from clogging in the middle of a storm.
Preparing for a flood ahead of time does more than just protect your home. If you discuss your structural improvements with a representative from your insurance company, you may benefit from lowered premiums.
Ready to get started? Reach out to the professional foundation and basement contractors in your area today to see which anti-flood measures may suit your home best. Contact the expert team at Complete Basement Systems today for a free inspection and estimate.