According to the EPA, there are two ways to reduce the damage that can occur from flooding. These can help businesses and homes alike in ensuring that their resources are safe from destruction. One of them is flood resistance. It stops the water from getting in to your homes and buildings. The other is flood resilience. It minimizes the damage in case the water do gets in.
Flood Resistance Tips:
1) Ready yourself with a stock of sandbags. You may get them from your local hardware store.
2) Install flood-proof windows and doors. You may build floor boards and fit them whenever you expect floods. Raise the threshold of the door to help keep the shallow water out as much as possible.
3) Apply waterproof sealant to the exterior walls and check your pointing.
4) Completely seal the floors. Replace the wooden floorboards using concrete that has a damp-proof membrane. Always be aware that the water may enter on points where the walls and floor meet.
5) Get automatic flood-proof air bricks. You may also get easy to fit and designed covers that may be used whenever you expect a flood.
6) Install the non-return valves to the water inlet and outlet pipes and drains. Do this to prevent wastewater from getting back into the property. Wastewater may travel through the pipes from the sewer to the ground floor sinks and toilets. No one would want this to happen.
7) Talk to your neighbors. Check if you may build a barrier around several houses. It can help spread the benefits and at the same time, lower the costs.
8) Landscape the driveways and gardens. Make sure that it will assist in the diversion of water away from the property.
Tips for Flood Resilience
1) Bring up the wiring, fuse boxes and electrical sockets. Make sure that they are at least 1.5 meters above floor level.
2) Use water-resistant materials for the bathrooms and kitchens. These materials can either be solid wood, plastic, and stainless steel. Avoid using chipboard.
3) Use tiled flooring with rugs. Avoid fitted carpets.
4) Make sure to fix the TVs and electrical equipment. They should be at least 1.5 meters off the floor.
5) Place unique and valuable items on high-mounted shelves.
We hope the you’ll never need it, but the advice mentioned above can keep you, your loved ones, and your home safe.
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