3 Tips to Prevent Flooding
Within the past year, we’ve had two major storm events: one last June and one this past February. This caused a lot of homes and businesses to have flooding. For many, it was a wakeup call to purchase flood insurance; for others, it was a call-to-action to further fortify their property. Even if you weren’t affected these last two incidents, there are a few things you can do to prevent flooding in the future.
- Clean your gutters. Yes, everyone’s least favorite chore is actually one of the most important ways you can prevent flooding. Your gutters serve as a first line of defense against rain because it redirects it from your home. If you allow them to accrue a buildup of leaves and other debris, it can cause water to pool up and flood your home.
- Consider landscaping your home. Some homes are better positioned than others to avoid flooding. This isn’t true for homes on a downward slope or without sufficient drainage. The ground should always slope away from your home, and water needs places to drain to prevent it from pooling. For tips and ideas on how to achieve this, check out this resource!
- Install a sump pump. If you have a basement, then a sump pump is going to be your friend. This device captures water in your basement and then pumps it out of your home. If you don’t have one already, consider investing in one. If you do have one, make sure to maintain it so it still works when you need it!
There are many steps you can take to prevent flooding, but there’s still a chance your home could be affected. If you do have flooding, don’t panic! Our professional team at SERVPRO of Catawba County West has helped thousands of homes and businesses recover from disasters. You can call us anytime at (828) 322-4400!