Flood Preparation Tips For The Home To Prevent Damage

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If you live in an area that is prone to flooding, then you need to worry about how rising waters will affect your home. Floods can cause extensive damage. Costs of over $20,000 can be expected whenever flood damage restoration is done. To mitigate these costs, you should prepare your house for flood damage. Keep reading to learn about a few important things that you should do before a flood causes damage to the home.

Elevate Appliances

If you have a basement that holds your furnace, water heater, water softener, and other important appliances, you will want to elevate these items. If appliances come into contact with flood water, your repair contractor will advise you to have the items completely replaced. In fact, GAMA, one of the leading appliance trade associations, indicates that full appliance replacement should always take place instead of a repair. This advice stems from fires and explosions that have occurred due to the completion of appliance repairs after a flood. 

To prevent the need for a new furnace, you will need to create a mounting box for it. To figure out how tall this box should be, contact or visit the website of the FEMA flood map service center to determine how much floodwater is likely to enter your home. Add at least six inches to the floodwater height to come up with the height of the mounting box. For example, if six-inch high flood waters are likely to enter your house, then build a box that is one foot tall. You will also need to measure the width of your furnace.

Construct a small box with lumber from your local hardware store that has a lower base and four sides that match your dimensions. Use nails to connect the pieces together. Mix cement in a bucket and pour it into your box. Allow the cement to cure for two days.

Once the cement has hardened, disconnect the vent attached to the furnace and ask two or three friends to help you lift the furnace straight up and set it onto the mounting box. Attach the vent when you are done. You can use this same process to elevate your water heater and other appliances in the basement.

Consider A Backup For Your Sump Pump

If you live in a flood area, then you very likely have a sump pump that is already set up in your basement. This device will be instrumental in ridding your basement of water whenever the water table rises. However, when a flood comes through, water will cause damage to both underground and aboveground electrical equipment, and outages are likely. This means that your sump pump will not have electrical power to run.

You can fix this problem by making sure that you set up an electrical backup for your sump pump. One of the easiest solutions is to purchase a battery powered backup kit. This kit features a large battery that is attached directly to the sump pump that will be used by the pump if it must activate and no electricity is available. However, the battery will likely only provide your sump pump with power for several hours.

You also can purchase a small portable generator and attach it to your sump pump. A generator that runs on one or two gallons of gasoline can successfully run your sump pump for a longer period of time than a battery can. You will need to plug the sump pump into the generator when your power goes out, though, so this may not help protect you from flood damage if you are away from your home. If this is a concern of yours, then think about having a standby generator installed in your basement. This type of device contains a transfer switch that automatically switches your home to generator power when the electricity goes out. 

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15 December 2015

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