In preparation for the wettest time of the year, we must ensure our homes are protected from the potentially extensive damage that flooding can cause. So if the worst comes to the worst and your area is affected by flooding you will be able to escape relatively unscathed.
Here are 8 things you can do to safeguard your home this rainy season.
If there’s one thing that doesn’t mix well with water, it’s electricity. If you live in an area prone to flooding you should seriously consider a remodel that includes moving your sockets to a minimum of 1.5m above the ground, or over a foot higher than the expected flood level.
You may consider it expensive, but it will be a whole lot cheaper than repairing flood damage to your electrical system, plus the potential fire hazard.
One unattractive side effect of flooding is that, if the sewer becomes flooded, it can cause sewage to flow back up your pipes and into your home.
To avoid this, consider installing ‘non-return’ or ‘gate’ valves to stop the incoming waste.
It is worth it to bring in a home remodeler to help you design watertight flooring. Some materials are less absorbent and therefore less likely to suffer damage than others. For example, consider using plastic skirting boards and tiled floors instead of wooden alternatives.
When you think of flooding, understandably your attention is drawn to the bottom of the house. However, if your roof is old or unmaintained, you may find water seeping through. Make sure you call a roofer or home remodeler to deal with any maintenance issues so you’re not fighting the flood from both ends.
As well as ensuring your floors and skirting boards are well sealed, it may be a good investment to apply sealant to the outside walls of your home to prevent moisture soaking through to the inside.
You may want to consider a remodel to include vents that will let water that gets into the house flow out again rather than get stuck inside and continue to rise may be successful in keeping the water level in your home as low as possible. You’ll need 2 vents on different walls to promote a flow. This remodeling effort is definitely worth the peace of mind brought about by preparedness for future rains.
7. Raise your appliances
If you’re raising your sockets it only makes sense that you also raise the appliances that use the sockets.
Keep electrical appliances, including air conditioning units and generators above the height that is considered a flood risk.
8. Raise your home
If you live in an area that frequently suffers from severe flooding. You may have to consider a major remodel that involves elevating your entire home on a platform or columns so that your home starts higher than the flood level for your area. Although, costly it could work out in your favour if you find yourself paying for flood repair often enough. Remember, your home will always be an investment.
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