Natural disasters like floods are unstoppable but their intensity can be minimised by taking precautionary measures. Floods cause serious loss of property, infrastructures and human lives. No matter how rich or poor you are it always hurts. People living in areas where flooding is very common knows the real pain.
Even though floods are unstoppable, there are some possibilities to restrict flood water entering your house. By adopting these precautionary measures you can minimise the chances of getting flood water damage.
Here we discuss some of the great ways to safeguard your residence from flood water damage.
Fix all the cracks and gaps
To avoid easy excess of floodwater into your house, fill all the cracks in walls and windows. Close all gaps with suitable materials. Use clay or cement for this purpose. If seepage is a continuous process in your home then go for some permanent solution by a professional service provider.
Purchase a battery-operated suction pump
The suction pump is the only device which can help you instantly during flooding. It enables you to throw all water out of your home in effective manners.
Most of the suction pumps are electrically operated but you must buy a battery-operated suction pump because during flood electric supply breakdowns and electricity operated pumps become useless.
Apply sealants on doors, windows and walls to restrict the entry of floodwater into your rooms. These sealants can be purchased from any hardware store or home retailer.
Sewage backflow management
Install sewerage with the backflow management system. The sewage system contains an automatic backflow management valve which gets closed automatically. But you should install a manually operated valve outside to ensure more security.
If your sewage backflow system breaks, then it will cost you a lot because sewerage water gets into your rooms and destroys all your infrastructure and interior.
Install flood sensors
The flood sensor is an important device that you should install in your homes and offices. It will tell you about any leakage and seepage issue on your premises and you can take timely action to control the situation before it gets worse.
This system is installed along with your home security system and some companies install it complementary with another security system.
Electric sockets and switches
If you are living in flood-prone areas then it is important for you to fix all electric switches and sockets above the flood level as recommended. Otherwise, when these electric switches come in contact with water it will be deadly for you and your family, it also destroys all your electric supply system.
Secure your important documents
Place all your important documents in a waterproof safe or another way to protect them is to place them on the second floor of your house or above the flood level to keep them safe from water.
If you are living in a flood-affected area then you must try to arrange a waterproof locker for all these things.
Stronger outer boundary
When water is in bulk quantity and speed it’s uncontrollable and it’s a very difficult task to handle it. One of the best practices you can adopt to prevent flood water damage to your house is a stronger outer boundary. Keep your first line of defence stronger.
Build a stronger outer boundary which resists against flood water and doesn’t allow it to enter your home freely.
During flooding, if you see water penetrating in your home from some specific points then immediately place sandbags on these points. This is an instant solution in emergency condition but not a permanent solution.