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Practical Ways to Lessen Property Damage from Floods
By the RestorationSOS Educational Staff
There are many ways to make sure that your home is protected from floods. The task of securing the property may seem quite daunting. More often than not, the preparation against flood is actually just a series of projects done together. To keep from being overwhelmed, prioritize the tasks.
Secure the Electrical Systems
One of the most important aspects of lessening property damages during a flood is to make sure that the electrical system is secure. When preparing the electrical aspect, take note that licensed contractors should be called in to do the job. Otherwise, there is a risk of fires and electrocution if the person is not an expert in electrical wirings.
The ultimate goal is to relocate the wiring and the outlets at least a foot above the 100-year flood level of the area. In order to do this, there may be a need to remove some of the sheathing of the interior walls. The contractor should check with the utility company for the maximum height the meter box can be raised. In the event that the fuse box is an older model or style, invest in a modern circuit breaker for safety purposes.
Secure the Fuel Tank
Flooding can affect a fuel tank by tipping it over. In order to properly secure it, strap it down so it does not float or wash away. All the pipes and vents should be placed above the flood level. Take note that the assistance of a supplier should be obtained when doing this task because it may be difficult to accomplish.
In order to anchor down the tank, place concrete anchor bolts in a nearby slab of concrete. The best material for the straps is coated stainless steel for maximum strength and resistance to rust. Pull the straps securely and make use of the appropriate hardware to lock the straps in place. If the fuel tanks are not located near concrete areas, soil anchors may be used. Fuel tanks located in the basement deserve special attention. The anchor bolts should be placed into the nearest concrete slab. Apply a coating of sealant around the vicinity to prevent water from entering the property in the first place.
Sealing Out the Water
The exterior walls of a house play a vital role in lessening damage caused by floods. Enhance their capability of keeping the home safe by applying waterproof veneers to the walls and sealing the openings. The veneer can be made out of bricks and waterproof membranes.
Before the veneer is placed, the siding should be replaced with plywood sheathing made especially for the exterior of a home. Batt insulation can be replaced with closed cell foam insulation. For wooden areas, it is important to use exterior grade lumber. Since this is a large job, a contractor is needed to ensure that this is done properly.
A waterproof veneer is a good investment in areas where flooding is usually less than two feet high. For higher floods, it may not be as effective because the flood can put pressure on the walls and cause damage.
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