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5 Ways to Protect Your Home from Floods

According to both the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), floods are the most common and most costly natural disaster in America. In no time at all, and during almost any season, torrential rains, broken damns and levies can bring tons of water right up to your door and into your home destroying a lifetime worth of possessions. This is why it is critical that we all take measures to protect ourselves from this destructive force of nature. At Conejo Restoration, whether your home is flooded due to a backed-up toilet, a burst frozen pipe, a broken washing machine hose or a brutal storm, we can begin the process of making you whole again in the wake of a house flood. But as usual, the best way to safeguard against disaster is by taking preventative measures. That is why we recommend the following tips to flood-proof your home because believe it or not it can; happen to you.

  • Buy extra roof protection: They say the best time to fix a leaky roof is when it is not raining outside. This is true. Install a rubber roof underlayment beneath the shingles. This will protect your home from water intrusion
  • Seal cracks in your home’s foundation: Is water seeping in through your basement? If it is during normal summer storms then imagine how bad it may get when heavy downpours occur. Use mortar and masonry caulk or hydraulic cement to seal cracks and gaps in your basement walls.
  • Clear gutters and drains: Gutters and drains serve as conduits through which water flows away from your home. If they are obstructed, then they can cause water to collect all around mold removal house floodyour home.
  • Invest in a battery-powered sump pump: Sump pumps let you draw water away from your home. Battered powered sump pumps continue to work even if there is a power outage.
  • Buy flood insurance: While flood insurance won’t prevent your home from a flood, having it can help put you on the road to recovery after such a disaster occurs. Moreover, experts recommend that home owners purchase insurance even if their home is outside of a flood prone area.

In short, no one single action can completely protect your home from flooding. In fact, some experts suggest that owners who live on a flood plain consider relocating altogether. However, for some people this is not an option. For those people, and others, we recommend the above tips. We also recommend that people whose homes have survived in the face of a flood be on the lookout for a common after effects of floods – mold. Unfortunately as flood waters recede fungal and bacterial growth often occurs. We specialize in mold removal as well as water and storm damage restoration

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