Flood Prevention

June 21, 2017

Tips on How to Prevent Home Flooding while on Vacation

Flooding can be a nightmare to any homeowner—especially when it occurs while you are away... right? 

If flooding occurs for days while you are not around, there is a high likelihood you may be unable to salvage most of your belongings that get water-damaged. Fortunately, there is a way not only to recoup your losses from any damage inflicted by flooding but also protecting your belongings and your property from the same thing happening again in the future. Read on to find out how to avoid home flooding.


Why you should protect your house from flooding

Should your house be flooded and you did not insure your properties against water damage, then you may be in for more losses, especially during cleanup, wherein a lot of your stuff could either be salvaged or thrown away. However, it’s just as stressful for insured people, because they have to get into the hassle of making claims to insurance firms, which may compensate fully or partially.

However, it’s just as stressful for insured people, because they have to get into the hassle of making claims to insurance firms, which may compensate fully or partially.

Some of the factors that cause water damage include dripping water heaters, leaking water supply lines, ruptured hoses, frozen pipes and blocked gutters, and other drainage systems.

Fortunately for homeowners, water damage is preventable via these steps:


Turn off the main valve and check the hose

The first and most important measure toward preventing home flooding entails a thorough check of the water heaters, faucets, hoses, pipes, and bathrooms before leaving. While checking all these areas, look for damaged spots, cracks, or slab leaks and fix them before leaving.

After all the checks, turn off the main supply valve to prevent water from seeping into the home outlets. After shutting the valve, check whether water is still passing through the shutoff valve by turning on the faucets so as to make sure no more water is coming into the house.


Unblock the gutters and drains

Downspouts and gutters blocked by leaves, twigs, and other debris could cause water buildup and the potential collapse of the drainage system. As such, check all the downspouts and gutters for any blockage and clear any debris to make sure that there will be free water flow.

It is also ideal to check for leaking roof holes because, in torrential downpours, the water leaking through the roof may cause flooding in some rooms of the house.


Insulate pipes and install automatic shutoffs

Frozen exposed pipes may at times cause leakages that lead to flooding. Therefore, it is ideal to insulate such exposed pipes so as to make sure that they do not freeze in cold weather. There are numerous high-tech plumbing fixtures in the market that can sense leaks and shut off the supply pipes into your home. You could visit your local plumbing store or check online for the availability of such gadgets, which can save your property in emergency situations.


Request a friend to check your home

Asking a friend or neighbor to check your home regularly is also one of the most efficient ways to prevent water damage before it starts or goes too far. You could even grant keys to a trusted friend or neighbor so that they can check the house periodically while you are on vacation. You should also show them the locations of the main water drainage, just in case pipe leaks or floods occur.

The Author | Ron Nelson
Ron is a proud father of 3 and considers himself quite the handyman. He is always working on projects around the house even to his wife's chagrin. View More Post from Ron Nelson