If the proper preventive steps are taken, many floods can be prevented—surprising, perhaps, but true. And here’s how.
The certified water restoration technicians at Mold Busters have put together a list of practical and effective flood prevention strategies for homeowners.
Floods can seriously compromise the structural integrity of your home and create ideal breeding ground for mold.
Expert flood prevention tips
The following are some helpful tips on how to prevent flooding in your home. Read through the list carefully and implement as many of these tips as possible to ensure maximum protection.
- Have a professional check your drains and clear them if necessary. This is especially important if your home is five years old or older. Sometimes, roots from nearby trees will grow into the drain pipe, blocking them and not allowing water to properly flow into the sewer.
- If you have a sump pump that runs regularly, consider a backup system. Some plumbing companies offer a system that works off of water pressure in the event electricity is lost. Test your sump occasionally by filling the sump hole with enough water to trigger the pump.
- Make sure you turn off outdoor water taps from inside the home over the winter. Typically, these valves are found inside the home on the opposite side of the tap.
- Don’t forget to have your irrigation system turned off and serviced in the fall.
- Regularly inspect the hoses behind washing machines and dishwashers, as well as those underneath sinks and refrigerators. These hoses are known to burst, causing flooding (especially the black rubber ones on the back of washing machines).
- Replace all hoses with burst-proof ones that can be purchased at most major home hardware stores. They’re relatively affordable but effective.
- Don’t go away on vacation without first turning off the main water valve.
These are just a few tips to help you prevent flooding in your home. As you know, floods can lead to extreme mold growth. If materials are not dried within 24-48 hours of a flood, mold will start to grow.
Sometimes, no matter how much you prepare, you may not be able to prevent a flood.
While most insurance companies do not cover floods that result from a sump pump failure or a drain backup, some offer a relatively affordable add-on to your existing policy.
Check your home’s insurance policy and see if you’re covered in this regard.
If not, contact your agent and ask about adding this coverage to better protect yourself and your belongings from flood damage and the tremendous costs associated with mold.