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Protect Your Home

Water is the world's most precious natural resource but it can also be it's worst enemy. Water can cause extensive damage to homes and businesses in just a short period of time. The following guidelines have been developed to help protect your home and/or business from water damage:

  • Elevate heating and hot water systems by using a masonry base at least 12 inches above flood level. Electrical panels and utilities also should be relocated to an area above the flood panel.
  • If space is not high enough to allow elevation of the utility, try to move it to an upper floor or attic space.
  • Build a floodwall around basement windows to protect the basement from low-level flooding and anchor fuel tanks to prevent them from floating or overturning.
  • If there is a storm drain in front of your home, try to keep leaves and debris off of the top of it to help prevent street and overland flooding during heavy rainstorms.
  • Install backflow preventers on all plumbing fixtures located below street grade. The Backwater Valve pamphlet explains why these are needed and how to have them installed.
  • Installing a floating floor-drain plug at the lowest part of the basement or the lowest finished floor will reduce backups. When the floor drainpipe backs up, the float rises and plugs the drain.
  • If your basement or home is flooded, remember that electricity will go to ground through any good conductor: metal, liquid or you. Stay out of its path. NEVER touch appliances or wires when hands or feet are wet.

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