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Flood Damage Prevention and Flood Preparation Checklist

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Protecting your home from Grand Junction’s rain and snow can be a challenge. Luckily, you can take steps to keep water runoff out of your home.

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In-the-Moment Prevention

When you first hear about a storm coming your way, you’ll want to make sure you have the facilities to protect your basement and foundation from flooding. You can take independent steps to better secure your home, including:

1. Installing A Sump Pump

If you’re looking for a heavy-duty anti-flooding measure to install in your home, you’ll want to invest in a sump pump. These pumps can remove 2,000 gallons of water or more per hour from your home, depending on which brand you purchase.
Despite their power, you’ll always want to talk to a professional about installing a battery backup. Battery backup sump pumps can do as much work as a standard pump, but they’ll also continue to work even if the power goes out in your home. These pumps aren’t meant to replace electric pumps entirely, but they’ll still protect your home in case of an emergency.

2. Investing in Smart Sensors

The Internet of Things can connect all manner of electronic devices in your home. If you want to use this to your advantage during a storm, you can install smart sensors throughout your basement. These sensors will let you know when water has entered your basement courtesy of an app on your phone. Not only will you be able to respond to that flooding in the moment, but you’ll be able to share your gathered data with a professional later on. As a result, you’ll be able to invest in localized waterproofing measures.

3. Cleaning Out Your Gutters and Downspouts

Your gutters and downspouts actively keep water away from your perimeter, but only when you’ve maintained them. Before a storm rolls in, you’ll want to clear out your gutters and make sure your downspouts are appropriately aligned. If you don’t, water runoff may begin to leak into your home.

4. Elevating Important Belongings

If you’re concerned about your belongings and don’t have much time to prepare, move them to the highest points in your basement. This may mean stacking them on shelves or placing them on your staircase. However you choose to do so, elevating important documents, childhood belongings, or other goods will keep them safe from direct exposure to floodwaters.

5. Considering Backflow Drain Valves

Backflow drain valves protect you from overflow that might damage your sewer or septic tank. These valves will keep water and raw sewage from entering your home, should either of your systems give out.

Preventative Strategies

There are also steps you can take to protect your home before word of a storm reaches you. If you’re looking to plan ahead, you’ll want to cultivate a diverse toolkit of waterproofing options. Some of the most effective you can employ include:

1. Flood Vents

At first glance, you wouldn’t think flood vents could protect your home from flooding. After all, these vents allow water to flow through them freely.
In allowing that free-flow, flood vents protect your walls and foundation from structural damage. If water has the chance to build up pressure outside of your home, your structural supports may start to crumble. You can use flood vents to alleviate that pressure. You can also pair your vents with internal waterproofing measures to keep your belongings safer.

2. Elevated Utilities

As mentioned previously, it’s always a good idea to keep your important belongings elevated in case of a flood. This can include your utility systems. Consider installing additional shelving units in your basement so you can lift your utilities and keep them operational through the worst of storms.

3. Interior Drains

Interior drains rely on a system of perimeter-based pipes to catch leaking water before it reaches the rest of your basement and belongings. It’s always best to pair your interior drain with a sump pump, as water collected from an interior drainage system like BasementGutter™ is directed to drain into a sump pump system so it can be properly removed. These systems working together help to better protect the whole of your basement from severe water damage.

4. Exterior Curtain Drains

Exterior curtain drains resemble loose gravel. These curtains protect your drains from obstruction and will keep water flowing freely out of your home. If you’re concerned about the placement of your drains or the presence of any debris in the area, exterior curtain drains are a worthwhile investment.

If you do take steps to protect your home before the rain comes, be sure to reach out to a representative with your insurance provider. You may be able to negotiate for lower premiums.
Ready to start exploring your anti-flood options? Reach out to the professional foundation and basement repair contractors working in the Grand Junction, CO, area for a free inspection and estimate and to discuss which measures may suit you home best.

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