Many parts of the United States are prone to flooding, but Texas is one of the prime areas to get drenched each year. With hurricanes, rainstorms, and tornadoes, Mother Nature can do some hefty damage to building materials and contents. Everything from flooded crawlspaces to leaking roofs, water can cause severe damage to the entire building structure.
While there is no way to prevent water from invading the property altogether, especially with standing water, but there are ways to prevent significant damage. While some may require more effort than others, they are designed to keep water out in the future so you won’t need to stay up all night worrying every time it rains.
Here are some ways to keep Texas floodwaters out of your home:
1. Elevate Your Property
As long as your property isn’t wet already, you can elevate your property to divert floodwaters away. Whether you choose to hire a professional service or do it yourself, you can be saving yourself thousands in flood damage. Recommended slope heights are 3 feet.
2. Divert Down Spouts
If you can find a black, corrugated 6-inch hose that fits around the base of the downspout, you can direct water away from the property as it flows from the gutter. Each hose should only cost around $15. This will be worth it when it comes to preventing flooding in your foundation.
3. Maintain Your Roof’s Condition
The roof is the first line of defense in the event of a rainstorm. If there is even the smallest crack in a rubber membrane or tin roof or opening between shingles, the result can be disastrous for the property. But routine roof maintenance can prevent this from happening, ensuring you are fully covered during each rainstorm. Frequent maintenance and roof repairs can also extend its lifespan.
4. Remove Fallen Debris
Dirt, leaves, and other debris will blow onto patios, driveways, and sidewalks throughout the year, but they can block exterior drains if they aren’t cleared away frequently. Make sure to sweep them away every few weeks, or once a week if there are frequent rainstorms or lots of trees surrounding the property.
4. Repair Leaking Windows
Sealed windows fitted with wells and drains will divert water away from the house, saving the property from drastic flooding. Every year, you’ll want to make sure that each window is properly caulked and that the wells and drains are in good condition and fitted properly.
5. Clean Rain Gutters
Scheduling a gutter cleaning is often something that gets pushed to the side, but it’s something that’s imperative to have done before Texas flooding season. During rainstorms, all leaves, sticks, and other debris should be removed from the gutter to allow water to flow freely to the downspout and away from the property.
6. Use Sandbags
If the weather service forecasts severe flooding tomorrow and you have no line of defense, you can use sandbags to absorb floodwater and block it from flowing into your foundation. It’s fortunate that Texas doesn’t have basements, but ground floors can still become flooded with any standing water outside. But these will act as a great line of defense. Make sure to check the cracks carefully so water isn’t able to flow through.
7. Report Flooding in City Storm Drains
One of the most common reasons that properties flood is that storm drains are backed up during heavy storms and Texas hurricanes. While technically it’s not your responsibility, you can report overflowed city drains to the city to alert others and so they can take preventative action.
Another problem to lookout for are sewage backups. If they overflow or leak, they can create a nasty backup on your property. Make sure to call a water restoration service first, and then environmental services as well as the city planning department to report the issue.
8. Plug Drains and Valves
If there is a flood warning in your area, plugging all sinks and drains prevents water from overflowing these areas. Using commercial-grade plugs are most recommended because they can expand to fit the size of the pipe. This simple trick can save you from nasty disasters like flooding and sewage backups.
Call for Water Damage Restoration
There are only so many steps you can take to prevent flooding in your home. You can even take all of them and still have a problem, but they would surely save a lot of time and money during a flood cleanup. Remember that just 3 inches of water is enough to cause $20,000 in damages; every inch will count.
When you do notice significant, rain, hurricane, or water damage in your property, don’t hesitate to call Texas’ best water damage restoration specialists, Target Restoration. Our technicians are available 24/7 as we all know that most flooding occurs during after-business hours. As the floodwaters will be quick to spread throughout the rest of the property, we will react immediately and take all measures necessary to extract the water, dry out the area, and restore it to its original condition.
Almost all property owners are aware of the mold growth that is soon to follow water damage. In fact, it can start in as little as 24 hours after the water hits. But remediating mold is something we do best. Our technicians are certified to find all mold growth, eliminate them at the source using professional products, and prevent them from returning in the future.
If your property was recently affected by floodwaters and/or mold damage, don’t hesitate to call Texas’ best restoration experts: Target Restoration at (877) 741-9026. We proudly serve the entire state of Texas with emergency water damage restoration and mold remediation services.