12 Hints to Help You Protect Your House against Floods. Firefighters and Construction Industry Experts Point Out a Few Essential Things to Consider

    12 Hints to Help You Protect Your House against Floods. Firefighters and Construction Industry Experts Point Out a Few Essential Things to Consider
    Greg

    6:16 PM EST, November 10, 2021, updated: 6:34 PM EST, November 10, 2021

    The weather is getting more and more unpredictable and extreme. When it rains, it pours. Plenty of places all over the world have experienced floods this year. Perhaps the dame wouldn't have been so serious if we had known how to keep our property save.

    The list below contains some of the most fundamental rules you have to follow.

    #1 Carefully analyze the location of your future house

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    Before you actually get down to erecting the walls, you need to do some research about the area and include the information in your design process. If the area is flooded, the ground floor and the front doorstep have to be elevated. The construction materials have to be carefully selected – make sure they want get easily damaged whenever exposed to eater.

    #2 A good flood bank

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    YaBoiRexTillerson/reddit

    Once your house is already there, not all materials can survive the water exposure intact. It might come as a surprise for many, but experts strongly advice building – as long as it's possible – an earth flood bank around our land. The bank does not have to completely surround the plot. Sometimes it needs to protect only the part exposed to possible water inflow. Flood banks can be even up to a yard tall and they have proven effective many times.

    #3 Ditches and flood canals

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    Mick Garratt/wikipedia

    Ditches and canals near your house is something we often ignore expecting the municipality (or any other authority in charge) to take good care of them. If they fail to do that and you don't make up for that, don’t be surprised to see water flooding your premises when it can't find its outlet through the clogged system.

    #4 Boiler room

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    Though for practical reasons it might not sound very comfortable, experts advise to have the boiler room somewhere higher than basement. Once the wood or the fuel you use gets flooded (not to mention the equipment) the costs of fixing that could be extortionate.

    #5 Sewer system

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    I bet the last thing you would like to see on your backyard is the excrements scattered all over. To prevent that, get a storm valve installed.

    #6 Garage

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    Just like the boiler room, garage is badly exposed to the floodwater impact. That is why sealing the floor and elevating the doorstep are options you have to consider. I am sure we all know how much a flooded car will cost us.

    #7 Windows

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    dbcannon/reddit

    There are several ways they can be sealed and protected against floodwater.

    #8 Pumps

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    Although they cost several hundred dollars, they can prevent much more serious damage. A pump will come in handy even in case of a minor flooding

    #9 Sandbags

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    Though they will make you feel like a World War I soldier, they are will make a solid waterproof barrier protecting your property. No need to build banks or elevate doorsteps if this temporary protection is well-made.

    #10 Mobile anti-flood systems

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    For those who have never heard of that, we are talking about mobile anti-flood systems that you can get in some DIY stores. You fix them on the door, they do not look that bad and, most importantly, very effectively protect the inside of your house against flooding.

    #11 Pool-like dams

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    They are slowly catching on all over the world. They are filled with water and you put them up around your house just before the danger comes along

    #12 Know your priorities

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    The family of the man is bound to remember the fact that faced with the danger the man decided to take care of the lawn rather than rescue his family from the looming disaster.

    BONUS IMAGE: A man saves his house by turning it into a water-proof castle

    Randy Wagner
    Randy Wagner

    Randy Wagner comes from Rosharon in Texas, USA

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    Randy Wagner

    When he heard on the news about the flood wave that was just about to hit his area, he did not hesitate for a moment and drove to another state to get a pool-like flood dam worth $8,300

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    Randy Wagner

    And this is what saved his property

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    Randy Wagner
    Do you know any other ways of protecting houses and land against this disaster?
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