Water can enter the home a number of ways, causing damages to all levels. The lower or basement level of a home is exposed to water if there are any issues with the foundation, floors and walls. The second levels or ceilings may be affected if you have a roof leak. The good thing is you can take steps to protect your home and prevent these floods from occurring.
You should have your home inspected regularly for any cracks, openings, leaks and the like. Cracks that are found will be sealed correctly to prevent further leaking. If there are leaks in your roof, then you will want to look in to having your roofing redone prior to any foul weather. You can also decide to install gutters. Gutters can limit the amount of stress the roof and home takes on during rainy times. By diverting the water away from the home, it is less likely going to find its way inside. Also gutters systems can be used to collect the excess water and recycled for use around your garden and home, which can be very helpful if rainy months are followed by drought down the line.
If you do not have a sump pump, you could invest in one. A sump pump can make an incredible difference in a basement or lower level that is prone to flooding. You can also install drainage pipes around the foundation perimeter of the home. These pipes will then catch any groundwater that rises and will bring it to your sump pump for disposal. It is also a great idea to get a generator in case of a power failure to ensure that your sump pump will continue to work properly. If your home does not currently have a window well drainage system, you could consider installing them. During installation a well drainpipe is attached to your perimeter drainage to allow any water to go directly into your sump pump. Installing window well covers that attach to your home’s foundation will add an extra element of protection against water seepage.
Another water protection element that you can address is to install a subfloor. If you add a layer of flooring between your current floor and the concrete under the flooring, that subfloor will provide extra protection from leaks reaching the finished floor. A subfloor also allows air to flow between the floor and the concrete which will allow moisture to evaporate and eliminate a potential mold problem caused from the dampness.
Even though you never want to deal with a flooded home, it is good to know that if it happens, you can take steps to prevent a recurrence by utilizing these steps. And if you have a flood, it is best to contact a water mitigation company who can properly dry out the affected areas and can limit the potential of long term damages caused by a flood.