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The First Line of Defense: Effective Methods for Flood Protection

1/17/2024 (Permalink)

A room during flood cleanup. Remember, in the unfortunate event that flooding does cause damage, our SERVPRO® team is ready to help!

When it comes to protecting your home against flood damage, a combination of preparedness and preventive acts. In our expertise as a leading damage restoration company, SERVPRO of Northern Liberties, we've observed that a few strategies stand out in their ability to provide effective flood defense.  

1. Smart Landscaping

Strategically planned and implemented landscaping plays a surprisingly significant role in flood defense. Grading your yard away from your home, planting native plants and trees that withstand water better, and creating rain gardens can help divert and absorb excess water during a flood.

2. Home Elevation

One of the most effective methods for long-term flood defense, particularly in flood-prone regions, is home elevation. Raising your home on piers or columns keeps the living areas above the flood level. While this method can require a higher investment upfront, it can dramatically decrease the risk and cost of flood damage over time.

3. Flood-Resistant Materials

Using flood-resistant materials for low floors – those below flood level – can significantly minimize damage. Concrete, stone, or tile floors, water-resistant wall coverings, and stainless or galvanized steel hardware are excellent choices.

4. Flood Barriers

Flood shields, barriers, or even makeshift sandbags can provide a critical measure of protection against incoming water. Innovative, portable barriers that can be quickly deployed when a flood warning is issued can save valuable time and reduce damage.

5. Backflow Valves

Installing backflow preventers on your sewer system can help protect your home during a flood. These valves prevent sewage from re-entering your home if the sewer system becomes overwhelmed by floodwaters.

6. Reliable Sump Pumps

A sump pump can be an excellent defense against basement flooding. Regular maintenance and a battery backup ensure that your sump pump is ready to remove water even during power outages.

At SERVPRO of Northern Liberties, we recognize that protecting your home from floods can feel like a daunting task. But with these effective approaches, you can significantly enhance your home's defenses and give yourself peace of mind.

Remember, in the unfortunate event that flooding does cause damage, our SERVPRO® team is ready around the clock to provide swift, professional water cleanup and restoration services. We’re committed to making it feel "like it never even happened." One thing is clear: when it comes to flood defense, a proactive approach is your best bet!

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