Flooding concerns happen just about anywhere, but the major concerns Utahans need to worry about is when there is a trend of warm days followed by snow. When the sun comes out again, the snow is bound to melt, leading to flooding concerns for many people. What is flooding and how can you protect your home? Flooding occurs when water seeps into the home through the ground. Floods are common during heavy rain, but they do occur with snow melt.
Flooding can happen with some water in the basement, or it could be a large amount of water in the home. Here are some things you can do to protect your home from flooding problems as the snow melts, and more snow falls:
- Remove electronic devices and electrical concerns from the basement. The basement is the most-common area in the home that floods. Modify your electrical system to have all wiring at least a foot from the floor. Modify the furnace so it is sits higher that the flood level.
- Anchor and Raise Equipment Outside. Your air conditioner needs to be anchored and raised above the flood level to prevent concerns.
- Attach drainage extensions. Use drain adapters to push water away from the home when it begins to melt and comes down the gutters.
- Use gutter melting systems. A great way to keep the gutters free of ice and prevent excess water from dripping down the walls of the home is by using ice damn melting coils in the gutters. Keeping the water freely flowing at all times is the best way to reduce flood concerns.
- Check on the grading or slope around your home. There is great concern related to how water flows around your home. The grading or slope is concerning if it is pushing water directly toward your home instead of pushing it away from it.
If your home frequently floods, it may be time to consider some drastic changes to the home in the spring. Adding waterproofing to the walls of the home can reduce the amount of water from getting into the home.
If you are dealing with flooding, call Rockwell Disaster immediately. Our team has all the necessary equipment to extract water and properly dry your home and prevent mold and mildew growth.