Depending on where you live, flooding could be a major issue that you have to deal with on occasion. Flooding can vary greatly in danger but it’s always best to know how to deal with such situations should they arise. Here we’ll look at some simple ways to avoid property damage in case of minor floods and ensure the safety of yourself and your family in case of extreme flooding.
First you’ll want to assess your situation and decide if you are indeed at risk of flooding. If you live near large bodies of water including lakes, rivers, or the ocean you are likely at risk. Additionally, one thing that often goes overlooked, is groundwater flooding. Learn more about the geology of your area and take note if you are residing above underground water reserves and how high the water table is in your area.
Preparation is key to dealing with flooding because if you are not ready when it comes it will likely be too late to prevent property damage. Preparation in this case comes down to two methods. You need to have a plan and you need to have proper materials available.
First you’ll need to think about where water can enter and find ways to prevent it from doing so. Doorways are a low entrance that need to be secured asap when dealing with a flood. While sandbags and plastic bags may offer a simple respite from flooding they will still let water in so it’s best to get purpose made flood boards for your doorways. Additionally you can raise the threshold of your doors if flooding is a common occurrence.
One often overlooked way that water can get into your home during a flood is through your pipes. Sometimes the flow can be reversed when there’s too much water in the drainage system and push water back up your pipes. You can deal with this problem easily by installing non-return valves on choice pipes in your home.
Additionally you’ll want to buy special covers for ventilation bricks that can be easily fitted in case of flooding. Also, as previously alluded to, sealing your floor is a good method to prevent water coming through from the ground.
While there are a lot of ways to prevent water from getting into your home, sometimes it is inevitable. In case water does get in there are some steps you can take to prevent further damage. Mount your TV on your wall about 1.5 meters from the ground. Raise your electrical sockets off the ground. Use tiling and rugs rather than fitted carpets and potentially buy a pump if you have a basement where the water could collect.
In case of major flooding it is important to have a radio and stay tuned to a flood watch channel and wait for information and advice. For such situations it’s a great idea to keep a disaster kit as well. You should plan a meeting place for your family should you get separated as well as have an out of state contact that each family member can call to say that everything is okay. Before evacuating to higher ground know how to shut off electricity, water, and gas to your home. And lastly, it’s important to remain calm while moving to higher ground and not to panic.