It’s impossible to completely flood-proof a property but there are lots of things you can do to reduce flood damage. Here at T4TD Restoration & Renovations we offer a home maintenance course that will teach you the tools to protect your biggest investment. Visit our course link to find all the start-up information. Below are some quick Tips to follow.
Landscaping for Flood Prevention:
The outside areas of your home can also be designed in order to divert water away from the building:
- Slope ground away from the foundation to allow rainwater to flow away from the home.
- Direct water from downspouts attached to eaves troughs at least 1.2 meters away from the foundation or into a rain barrel.
- Clean out your eaves troughs every season to make sure the water and a clear flow path
- Downspouts should never be embedded in the ground, or connected to the sewer system or footing drains.
- We encourage the use of rain barrels as it collects the water and prevents it from pooling around your home. It also saves you money on watering your garden.
- Ensure water run-off on the property is flowing to the ground surface or storm drainage system, not the sanitary system.
- Ensure footing drains direct water to a storm sewer or sump pump, away from the foundation.
- Ensure water levels in pools and ponds stay consistent and lowered prior to sever rain fall.
- Maintaining your pool liner may prevent rips, tears and slow leaks that may find their way into your home.
- Ensure the sump pump is connected to the storm sewer system or empties onto the lawn at least 1.2 meters from the foundation wall.
Basement storage and Flooding:
If at all possible, do not store anything of value in your basement. If this is unavoidable please follow these steps to minimize loss in a flood:
- Mount high shelves for storing valuables.
- Make sure your items are stored in hard plastic water resistant bins. Make sure these bins are sealed and have no cracks.
- If possible raise furniture off the floor using bricks or boxes.
- Keep all insurance papers out of the basement and make sure they are easily accessible
- Document your valuables and make sure your insurance company has copies of it.
Move electrical sockets in Basements that are prone to Flooding:
The best way to do this is when you are renovating or refinishing your basement. If you move electrical sockets to a height of about 1.5m they are less likely to be damaged by low level flooding.
Replace chipboard and MDF units. Materials such as plastic, solid wood and some metals will absorb less water and require less drying out after a flood. Replacing contents is difficult and time consuming for you so using the above materials is the easiest way is to make sure your furniture will be somewhat resistant to flood water. We all have furniture that is irreplaceable and for that we ask you to avoid high flood areas like the basement or make sure they are placed on something that has them about 1.5 inches from the ground.
Foundation / Windows:
Foundation leaks and improperly sealed windows are very common. Here at T4TD we ask that you walk the premier and interior of your home documenting cracks and window issues. If you discover anything of concern contact us as 905-874-6723 for a free estimate and damage assessment.
Roof and Flooding Prevention:
High winds and rainstorms can push shingles off of even the newest roofs. Please call us if you find fallen shingles to prevent a future costly repair.
Flood Waters and Sewage:
Floods can result in bacteria, blood borne pathogens and other organisms that are extremely hazardous to human health and the health of our animals included. This can happen quite simply by touching contaminated items and then tracking them into uncontaminated areas on our shoes. Restoration T4TD is able to adequately address the risks and seeks to remove them and restore your house to a healthy environment. Unfortunately, absorbent materials such as carpet and children’s toys are often not recoverable after direct contact with contaminated water.
Furthermore, poor air quality in the affected area can often appear to be the least of your worries, but should be checked. T4TD Restoration & Renovations uses the latest technologies in air purification and disinfection as required.
Thorough Drying after Flooding:
After removal of water damaged items is complete, we can start the drying process. In restoring T4TD, we have a variety of methods: open, closed, refrigerant and desiccant dehumidifiers. Each method comprises moving air. All our technicians working on water damage are certified and have many advanced certifications necessary to deterministic the best ways to dry things out efficiently and effectively while eliminating any secondary damage.
T4TD qualified cleaning technicians use the latest technologies and equipment to diagnose and eliminate odors from surfaces. Immediate and thorough cleaning in combination with the use of specialized equipment will kill bacteria, and organic/chemical compounds (often the source of odour).