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Floods can easily cost homeowners thousands of £ / € in property damage and loss, so spend a little time and effort now to protect your home and belongings in the event of flooding.
Small tips for preparing your home and property against possible flooding from severe weather:
- Keep gutters clean. The purpose of gutters is to safely divert water spilling off the roof away from the foundation of the home. When gutters get clogged up with birds’ nests, sticks and other debris, the water will likely spill out early and can intrude into the basement or foundation. Spend some time making sure they are free of debris and properly directing the water out and away from the foundation.
- Check for cracks around the foundation. Prior to dealing with severe weather, homeowners should regularly inspect their foundations for cracks or gaps. The same goes for basement walls and floors. Epoxy and masonry sealer can be used to treat these issues, but if they appear severe it may be wise to call a professional.
- Make sure your sump pump is working. In homes with basements prone to flooding, there is a good chance that a sump basin already exists and has a sump pump installed. Sump pumps automatically switch on as flood water fills the basin to remove it from the basement. Regularly check the operational status of the pump to make sure it will do its job in an emergency.
- Consider a generator. Having a generator on hand will allow the sump pump and other key pieces of equipment to continue working, even during the inevitable power failures that happen during the severe weather season. It is critical to choose the right generator to power the amount of equipment needed to continue operating. Contact a generator backup specialist for advice on which size generator would fit your needs.
- Elevate and anchor exposed equipment. Air conditioning units and fuel tanks should be elevated above the flood level of the home, and any backup equipment like generators should be elevated as well. Anchoring the equipment will prevent them from breaking free should water levels continue rise.