Flood warning is that prediction from meteorologists that seem to send shivers down the spines of local residents. During these times, we glance at flood maps, to see places that are more susceptible to flooding. We do not stop here but proceed to Met Office UK weather forecasts and leading News websites. From experience, we realise that taking these warnings lightly may prove to be detrimental.
A common thought from Heraclitus goes thus: “There is nothing permanent except change.” Knowing change is permanent and that a flood warning may not lead to flooding, we constantly look up on updates from these popular weather sites. Regardless, it is important to plan ahead and make certain adjustments that will mitigate the chances of home flooding.
Tips on preventing home flooding
- Cleaning rain gutters: Regular maintenance of gutters are required for the free flow of water. It is advisable to clear debris from these gutters at least twice a year. Doing this helps to prevent your home from flooding.
- Purchasing flood sensors: Contemporary technology has provided homeowners with an opportunity to invest in flood sensors. These sensors are designed to alert homeowners when water flows to an unexpected part of the home. Flood sensors are capable of detecting water from leaking or burst pipes, dripping AC systems or neglected faucets.
- Automated Shutoff Valves: These valves are believed to be the difference between the manageable and the catastrophic. They are normally installed close to the main water inlet, inside your home. Automated water sensors are expected to prevent serious flood damage inside your home and are at best when integrated with your home security system.
- Determining the flow of water around your house: Understanding the grading or slope to or from your house is very important. It is essential to ascertain if the home was built for water to drain away or not
- Going for major retrofit: These are drastic and to some degree expensive procedures, which could comprise of raising your home on piers so that the lowest floor is above the flood. Other measures could also include installation of foundation vents and dry proofing. These are expected to allow for a better flow of water and prevent flooding.
- Anchor and raise outdoor equipment: It is beneficial to anchor and raise generators, fuel tanks and air-conditioning units above flood level. Unanchored fuel tanks have the possibility of breaking free and polluting the house environment.
- Keep informed: This might sound the simplest of all tips, but it is very important. Checking the Met Office weather updates, will help you be one step ahead of proceedings.
Except your house is situated on the top of Mount Kilimanjaro or your yard has a perfect downward slope, you could be a potential victim of flooding. This is not aimed at scaring you to acquire a raft or a canoe but to empower you to take the necessary steps in preventing your home from flooding.