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.