How to Protect Your House Before Possible Flooding
Wet weather is in the forecast for Middle Tennessee — all week long. We’re expected to get several inches of rain this week so it’s important to protect your home. If you live in an area where flooding is a concern, here are a few tips to protect your house from floodwater.
Evaluate the Possibility of Flooding
The first step in protecting your home and belongings from flooding is to evaluate the risk. The FEMA Map Service Center is a great place to start. Search for your address and find out your area’s flood zones. Value Penguin lays out a simple way to read this map on their website.
Check Your Levels
Things like switches and sockets should be approximately a foot about the flood level inside your home. It’s also important to make sure your furnace and water heater are also that same distance above the expected flood level. Go outside and check your air conditioner, fuel tanks and other related equipment to make sure they’re also above the flood level. This will prevent some serious headaches later on.
Adjust Water Valves
According to Bank Rate, this is another important step to help your home during floods. According to them, "The Federal Alliance for Safe Homes, or FLASH, recommends gate valves. They are more complex, and you operate them by hand. But they provide stronger seals than flap or check valves, which open automatically to allow water to flow out and then close when water tries to get in.”
Ensure That Water Drains Away from Your Home
In an ideal situation, water should drain away from your home during floods and times of severe rain. To check this, monitor rainfall around your home in areas like the backyard and front yard.
Sometimes when a lot of rain is expected in a short amount of time, it’s best to take drastic measures to protect your home. Here are some examples of those extreme measures.