Water damage is becoming progressively more common, and it’s one of the reasons why home insurance rates have risen in recent years. Weather is increasingly unpredictable, but you can still take precautions to make sure you don’t fall victim to flood damage.
Protect Electrical and HVAC Systems
Switches, sockets, circuit breakers, wiring, and other electrical equipment should always be at least a foot above the anticipated flood level.
Extra Protection for Exterior Walls
Your property can be severely damaged if water reaches the interior. To protect your building from flooding, consider adding a waterproof veneer to the exterior walls of your property. This veneer typically has a layer of brick covered with a waterproof material.
If you don’t have much time, complete these tasks to minimize water damage to your property:
- Clear gutters, drains, and downspouts
- Move furniture, rugs, electronics, and other belongings to upper floors, or elevate them using waterproof risers
- Shut off electricity at the breaker
HVAC Equipment and Appliances
Flooding can also damage your air conditioning units, so make sure HVAC equipment is installed above potential water levels.
Washers and dryers, particularly those located in a basement or on the first floor, should be placed above the potential water level.
With climate change increases, the probability of severe weather, hurricanes, floods, windstorms, tornadoes, and wildfires are becoming risks in areas where they were not before. Protecting your home from natural disaster damage is more important now than ever, so make sure you’re prepared for potential risks.
Want to know more about how you can safeguard your property from flood damage? Contact MaintenX today!