The winter season is upon us here in Auckland, NZ which means more rain and more chances of flooding and flood damage. As lovely as our climate is here in the Oceania region, we do get quite a bit of rain, especially in these winter months of June, July, and August. This means the chances of a catastrophic flood increase. Here are five tips to better protect your home or building from rain and floods.
Understand How Water Moves Around Your Building or Home During a Flood
It is important to determine how water flows around your building or house when it rains, or better yet before it rains. Water will either run towards your home or away from it. Of course, it is better if the water runs away as it is not ideal to have water accumulate around the foundation of any building. Whether or not this happens mainly comes down to the slope or grade of the ground surrounding the exterior walls at ground level. If the ground around the home isn’t sloped correctly and you notice water accumulating, you may want to look into ways of correcting the slope.
Keep Drains, Gutters, and Downspouts Clean
Another strategy to keep water away from your building or home is to ensure that the drains, gutters and downspouts are clear. This involves clearing them of any debris like leaves, dirt, sticks, garbage, etc. so that water can flow freely.
Ensure Water Valves Are Installed and Working
To ensure that no sewage water backs up into your building or home, it is recommended that an exterior or interior back-flow is installed. It is advised to install valves on all pipes entering the house or building.
Keep Electrical and Climate Systems Safe
If your building or house floods, you will want to make sure that any electrical or climate systems are safe. The best way to do this is to ensure things like your furnace, water heater, circuit breakers, etc. sit above the predicted flood level. Know or predict your property’s flood level, and then ensure these electrical and climate systems sit at least above the expected flood level.
Elevate and Secure Any Outside Equipment
Just like you should keep indoor equipment safely elevated above predicted flood levels, the same goes for outdoor equipment. Things like air conditioning units, generators, fuel tanks, etc. should not only be elevated above flood levels but they should also be anchored and secured to something so they cannot break free or float away.
Do Some Dry-Proofing
Performing some dry-proofing work around the house can go a long way. This is done by applying some sealing materials or coatings around vulnerable areas like walls, doors, and window sills.
Upgrade Window and Door Coverings As Needed
If you are able to upgrade your windows and doors to even more resistant models, it is recommended to do so. There are various types of sturdy screens, panels, shutters, sheeting, and impact-resistant doors or glass windows.
Restore Flood Damage and Dampness ASAP
If the construction material and finishes in your home like floors and carpets get wet from rain or floods, it’s important to get them restored as soon as possible in order to avoid any further deterioration. Luckily, your local Chem-Dry cleaners are experts at flood restorations. We have the equipment and expertise necessary to get your building or home restored effectively. Call us today to get a free quote right away! We’d be happy to do what we can to assist you.