You can’t predict or stop a natural disaster. Fortunately, most home flooding is caused by leaky plumbing and appliances, which is in your power to prevent.
Our water damage contractors can help restore your home when water damage happens, but it’s better to avoid a flooded house in the first place whenever possible. Continue reading to learn what you can do to keep your home safe and dry this year.
How can I protect my house from flooding?
- Determine your area’s risk of flooding
- Install a in your basement or crawlspace
- Consider a flood insurance policy
- Prevent frozen pipes
Determine Your Area’s Risk of Flooding
All 50 states have experienced flooding within the last 5 years, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
While you can always check with FEMA’s website to gauge your area’s flood risk, we also recommend asking neighbors who have lived in the area for a while. Getting an accurate depiction of your area’s flood risk can help you prepare for potential water damage in the long term.
Install a Sump Pump in Your Basement or Crawlspace
Our Michigan water damage restoration contractors recommend installing a sump pump in the lowest point of your basement or crawlspace to prevent flooding. That way, if groundwater tries to seep into your basement, it’ll flow into the sump pit and get pumped out and away from your home. Don’t wait until your basement floods to take action.
Consider a Flood Insurance Policy
Did you know your homeowners insurance probably doesn’t cover flood damage? According to the Insurance Information Institute, only 12% of American homeowners polled in 2016 had flood insurance.
If you don’t have a flood policy, perhaps it’s time you considered getting one. Even if you live in a low- or moderate-risk area for flooding, some homeowners argue that it’s better to be safe than sorry.
If you decide to get, you’ll want to carefully consider different policies before you commit. Some policies only cover the physical structure of your building while others only cover the personal contents inside. Some policies cover both, but are more expensive. Only you will be able to make the right decision for your budget and the level of protection you want for your house.
Prevent Frozen Pipes
In the late fall and winter frozen pipes are more likely to burst, spraying water all over your floors, furniture, and belongings. If there will be periods of time when you’re out of your house during cold weather, it’s important that you take measures to prevent frozen pipes during the upcoming winter.
Even if you’re just going to be gone for a week, it’s important that you take steps to protect your plumbing so you can focus on enjoying your vacation. Set your thermostat no lower than 55 degrees Fahrenheit while you’re gone. That way, you won’t ever have to come home to significant flooding and water damage from a burst pipe.