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Floods are the most common and widespread of all natural disasters except for fire. Floods can occur at any time but are most common after spring rains, a winter thaw or heavy thunderstorms. While it is not possible to determine exactly when a flood will occur, there are several things you can do to help ensure that your home is protected against major damages due to flooding.

Flood Protection - some helpful tips:

1. Install sewer backflow valves. In some areas, flooding can cause sewage from sanitary sewer lines to back up into houses through the drain pipes. This can cause significant water damage and can create severe health hazards. A backflow valve should only be installed by a contractor or a plumber in order to ensure its proper installation and function.

2. Raise or flood proof all heating, ventilating and/or air conditioning units. Either elevate all equipment above areas that are prone to flooding or build a concrete floodwall around the units.

3. Raise electrical service panels, fuse and circuit boxes, meters, switches and outlets at least one foot above the base flood level. Wiring should also be raised above the flood level. All of these electrical service components can be easily damaged by floods and are expensive to repair or replace.

4. Raise the washer and dryer. This can be done by placing them on cinder blocks or by building a sturdy platform for them.

5. Keep all important documents and expensive or irreplaceable items away from areas in your home that are prone to flooding.

 

Learn how important sump pump drainage is to the protection of your home.

 


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