How to Prevent Flood Damage at Home

by Jodie Franklin 05/08/2022

Flooding can cause significant damage to your home and even make it uninhabitable in worst-case scenarios. Floods can lead to mold growth, wood rot and other types of water damage that can be costly to repair. Taking steps to prevent floods from occurring can protect your home from this kind of damage. Use these flood prevention tips to keep your house safe from serious water damage.

Seal Gaps in Your Foundation

Cracks and other gaps in your foundation can easily let flood waters in. Closing them up helps protect your home from flooding. Check your foundation for any gaps, and seal them up with hydraulic cement or masonry caulk. You should also check your basement walls for gaps and cracks, and close these up using waterproofing materials.

Keep Floor Drain Areas Clear

Flooding doesn't always come from rain or outside water sources. Your home can also flood from the inside. If you have any floor drains in your basement or laundry room, make sure the surrounding areas are kept clear and free of clutter or debris. Otherwise, water can build up inside your home instead of going down these drains. You should also look into installing drain plugs and sewer backflow valves to prevent sewage from flooding your home.

Improve Grading in Your Yard

Check for trouble spots where water tends to pool or collect when it rains. Water should be flowing away from your foundation rather than heading toward it or building up near it. Make changes to your landscaping to improve grading, such as filing up any sunken spots close to your foundation or digging channels that direct water away from your home. This helps prevent water from pooling close to your home.

Keep Gutters and Downspouts in Good Condition

Gutters and downspouts move water away from your home, which helps lower the risk of flooding. Clean your gutters and downspouts at least twice a year or more often if needed, such as after storms. Have your gutters and downspouts inspected to check for signs of damage that needs to be repaired.

Put Flood Vents in Your Garage or Crawlspace

Flood vents allow water to move through enclosed areas to stop water pressure from building up inside homes. This helps protect your walls and foundation from severe water damage during floods. Flood vents need to be kept clear to work properly.

About the Author
Author

Jodie Franklin

I love helping people find their dream home or sell their house in order to achieve their next goals. I have been working hard for my clients for over 15 years throughout southeast Michigan. I have experienced every kind of transaction there is. 

Helping my community and being involved is extremely important to me. I am Past President and current board member of the Michigan Ability Partners board, which helps Veterans and people with disabilities reach independent, self-supported, and satisfying lives. I am also a member of the City of Milan Tax Review Board and Zoning Board, and involved in Milan Main Street. I have been a major sponsor of events for Michigan Ability Partners, Aid in Milan, Milan Main Street, and many more organizations that wok to make our communities better. 

I was 2018 President of the Ann Arbor Area Board of Realtors, Realtor of the year in 2016 for AAABOR and nominee for Michigan Realtor of the Year. I serve on many committees with the local board and was a member of the Housing Opportunity Committee for the National Association of Realtors (2018-19).