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How to Flood Proof Your Home Using 7 Steps

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February 10
4:30 PM 2020

No matter where you live, natural disasters resulting in flooding can be damaging to your finances and your family's well-being. This might not be the easiest thing to deal with, but certainly, there are solutions you can use to provide your home and your family protection and remain with a steady budget. Floods are known to be the most common natural disasters, thus can have a negative impact on many individual's mental health.

Those who've encountered such experiences are more likely to develop PTSD, anxiety and depression as a result of losing their homes and encountering many financial problems. Fortunately, there are many ways you can protect your home and family from such effects and these are just some of them: 

1. Consider Flood Insurance

Because water damage can be a huge concern for many homeowners, investing in flood insurance should be the first step if you want to ensure your family's well-being. For instance, those who live in areas like Florida where the hurricane season might last from mid-September to October are used with such events but they rely on various solutions to waterproof their homes and avoid eventual expenses that come with the water damage. Investing in Florida home insurance means you have coverage ready to pay for flood damage to your home, valuable items and other structures. You can leave worry-free if you've already planned to invest in flood insurance. 

For those who don't know it, almost 90% of US natural disasters include flooding where Florida is, in particular, one of the most flood-exposed areas given its 11,000 miles of rivers, waterways, flat terrain and streams. If you live in Florida or a similar area exposed to natural disasters, investing in flood insurance should be a must if you want to ensure your home and family's protection. 

2. Identify the Weak Areas in Your Home

Home maintenance should be on your list of priorities, especially when it comes to natural disasters. You want to make sure that your home is a flood-proofed form every aspect possible, thus you might need to identify eventual weak spots and plan future renovations.

Start looking around your home and make a list with whatever you consider it might need improvement. Check your windows and doors, inspect eventual cracks that need fixing, these are essential factors you need to consider especially if live in flood-exposed areas. 

3. Consider Resistance Products for Your Home

To flood-proof, your home means you have to find whatever is necessary to prevent water from entering your home. Remain calm, calculated and research the best resistance products you can use to protect your home and valuable items from flooding. Most common items used to stop water from entering your home are the plastic sheets and sandbags that have been attested and proposed by many experts. If you are living in areas that are famous for their annual natural disasters, it certainly worth knowing hat sandbags are great for an emergency and must be kept within your reach during tough months. More useful alternatives would be the self-sealing water bricks and flood-resistant doors and windows. 

4. Collect Important Financial Documents 

Collecting your valuable financial documents along with other important items is very important. Why are they so important? Most probably you'll need them to fill the insurance claims and pay bills. Also, when it comes to insurance you need to make sure you have a visual and written proof of your damaged propriety. If necessary, take pictures or videos of your damaged property and items. When collecting important documents make sure you have: 

  • Wills

  • Insurance policies

  • Bank account information 

  • Powers of attorney 

  • Social security card 

  • Legal certificates

  • Saved receipts

  • Copies of all correspondence 

5. Apply Coatings and Sealants and Elevate Electrical Devices 

Most probably you've heard this before but this is a reliable solution, especially when it comes to flood-proofing your home. If your property has windows, walls or doors exposed to flooding, applying a sealant will stop the water from entering and damaging your home. Coatings and sealants are affordable and available in every hardware store, so you won't have to cause a hole in the budget. Another important aspect when it comes to your family's safety would be to make sure all of your electrical devices and plug sockets are elevated to 1.5 metres off the floor you can avoid any risk. 

6. Move Your Expensive Items to Higher Ground

If you have a valuable collection in your home, or multiple sentimental items a great idea would be to store everything to the second floor, or asking someone close to store them will be necessary if the damaging floodwaters have breached your first floor. We know how complicated this might be for many of you, thus, the best alternative would be to find in the shortest time possible a place where you can safely store your valuable items so you can deal with the rest without stressing too much. 

7. Have a Steady Plan 

Those who've experienced this before, know very well how important and useful an emergency plan can be in such situations. Your family must be prepared to evacuate and act accordingly when a natural disaster occurs. Have a list of instructions on how to act and what to take if water starts entering your home, what to do in the event that one of your plans fails and the action you need to take the vent of an evacuation. 

Given the numerous natural disasters along time, people are constantly looking for efficient and fast ways to protect their homes and families from such events. When it comes to natural disasters planning means everything. Thus, preparing not only your home but also your family against such events is the best thing you can do. To avoid eventual home and financial damages make sure you implement these simple steps and ask for an expert's opinion and build an emergency plan so you make sure nothing can harm your family and home.

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