If you live in an area that is prone to flooding, it’s likely that you already have some form of flood insurance. Unfortunately, flood insurance doesn’t stop floods, it only helps you recover from the damage that has already occurred. Thankfully, there are some steps you can take to decrease flood risk and the chance that your home will suffer massive flood damage.
Easy Ways to Lower Your Flood Risk
- Know your base flood elevation and adjust your home accordingly. How? Raising your electrical system components at least a foot above the base flood elevation is a good way to prevent massive damage to the electrical system within your home.
- Anchor your fuel tanks or else they run the risk of being swept away during the flood. Not only does this endanger anyone or any building that might get in the way of the fuel tank, but when your fuel tank is ripped away, its supply line gets torn along with it. This greatly increases the risk of contaminating your home or basement.
- Have a sump pump installed and ready to go in times when a flood may occur. The sump pump turns on automatically when water is present and begins to pump it away from your home.
- Floodproof your HVAC systems by either raising them to an upper floor or by having a contractor build a floodproof wall around them.
- Slope your property to direct water away from your home. Your yard’s gradient will utilize gravity to direct flood water away from your home.
Following these tips will give you peace of mind as you take proactive steps to lower your flood risk.