Stay High & Dry at Home: Try These Flood Prevention Tips
Flooding. Most homeowners don’t think about it much, mainly because it’s not a pleasant topic to think about. One way to help you think and worry about it even less is to consider these ways you can prevent a flood occurrence from happening…
First and Foremost: Flood Insurance!
Most homeowners mistakenly think that their insurance policy automatically covers floods—it doesn’t! Check with your insurance provider—if you live in a high-risk flood area, you may want to consider purchasing additional flood coverage.
Assemble an Emergency Kit
If you are in an area that’s prone to flooding or severe storms, it’s a good idea to have an emergency kit on hand. Your kit should include: extra clothes for you and your loved ones; insurance information (policy numbers, agent contact info, etc.); toiletries; and enough cash to last you for a few days.
Fix Your Foundation and Seal Windows
If you spot any cracks in your home’s foundation, cover them with mortar or masonry caulk that you can buy from your local hardware store. It’s also good to purchase sealants that you can apply to walls and windows to keep any storm water from penetrating into your home.
Consider a Battery-Powered Sump Pump
Sump pumps already protect your home from flooding by pumping water out, but of course they are rendered useless if your power goes out in a storm. That’s why a battery-powered sump pump is a great solution—be sure to keep it fully charged during the severe storm season.
Have Your Lawn Graded Properly
Make sure your lawn is graded so that water moves away rather than pools towards your home. Standing storm water near your home can easily seep into your basement windows and foundation. If you’re not sure about how to grade your lawn on your own, hire a landscaping professional.
If flooding causes damage to your home or property, follow these steps until professional help from our SERVPRO of Southeast Milwaukee County team arrives.