Residential and commercial clients in Los Angeles rely on Restorerz for cleanup after emergencies like floods. We are also experts in flood damage restoration. There may be little to stop major storms, drainage problems, flash flooding, and some plumbing mishaps. But you can prevent flood damage with some of these effective tips:
1. Clean Gutters and Downspouts
Gutters and downspouts should be cleaned at least once a year. If you have a lot of trees near your home, clogs by leaves and dirt are more likely. More frequent cleanings are necessary to avoid drainage issues that lead to flooding.
2. Don’t Let Debris Prevent Drainage
Be aware of where you pile leaves, mulch, firewood, and other items. If they’re in the wrong place, they can block drainage paths or be washed into sewer drains. Rake your yard regularly and clear any nearby storm drains
3. Install a Sump Pump
A sump pump in the basement or at the lowest drain in your home will remove water when it gets to a certain level. It can be highly effective during heavy rain. For improved reliability, install a correctly sized pump, test it often, and install a battery backup so it works during a power outage.
4. Install a Backflow Valve
For a few hundred dollars, you can install a backflow valve for a sewer or septic system. It will prevent sewage from flowing backward through drain pipes and into your home. Dangerous situations and major damage can be avoided
5. Waterproof Your Roof
In addition to maintaining gutters, you can protect your roof with a liquid waterproof sealant. It can bond to various substrates without a major renovation. If your roof needs to be replaced, install waterproofing material under the shingles to prevent rainwater from damaging underlying materials.
6. Install Water and Leak Sensors
Water sensors, detectors, and alarms can be installed anywhere in your home. Many can be linked to your security system or smartphone. You then receive instant alerts when there’s a leak or flood and can take quick action.
7. Make Sure the Ground Slopes Away from Your Foundation
Water will be directed at and put pressure on your foundation if the ground slopes toward your home. Improving slope and grade can ensure stormwater flows away from your house and into the drainage system.
8. Seal Any Openings or Cracks
Seal and repair any cracks in the foundation with masonry or mortar caulk. Also make sure doors, windows, and utility and exhaust entry points are sealed. Basement windows and doors are especially vulnerable.
9. Improve Interior Drainage
An interior French drain provides a path of least resistance to redirect water outside. A type of gutter system along the basement perimeter, it is highly effective when used with a sump pump.
10. Keep Sandbags Handy
Sandbags are a common and effective way to avoid the need for flood damage restoration. You should have them around if you live in a flood-prone area. They’ll prevent rising water from getting through windows and doorways.
11. Elevate or Move Furnishings/Valuables
Elevating furniture and valuables can avoid damage when a flood is expected or if you live in a low-lying area. Transporting belongings to higher ground is also a good idea. These steps can save money and they’ll be less to put on your insurance claim.
12. Secure Fuel Tanks
Anchor any fuel tanks stored in or near your home. Otherwise, they can be swept downstream, cause additional property damage, or trigger an explosion. Anchor tanks in your basement as well, as a torn supply line can contaminate your home with fuel.
13. Have Electrical Components Raised
Circuit breaker panels, switches, sockets, and wiring should be elevated by a licensed electrician. They’ll elevate electrical components at least 12 inches above the base flood elevation to avoid short circuits and fires.
14. Add a Flood Vent
The pressure of rising water can do some of the worst damage. A flood vent equalizes water pressure by allowing water to flow through your basement or crawl space. It can reduce the pressure that can collapse a foundation wall.
15. Take Action When a Flood Is Forecast
If severe weather is forecast for your area, check and clear drains, gutters, and downspouts and move furniture and electronics to higher parts of your home. Elevate appliances using masonry or concrete blocks. If possible, roll up area rugs. Check that your sump pump is working and shut off the main breaker if water is expected to impact your electrical system.
Contact Restorerz for Help with Flood Damage Restoration
We can clean up your home after a flood and help with insurance claims. Our restoration experts can quickly extract water, salvage the contents of your home, dry things out, and remove debris. Flooding sometimes surprises the most prepared home and business owners, but we hope our tips to prevent flood damage prove effective. To request service, contact us online or call 323-312-3808.