Uncategorized August 15, 2023

Flooding: How to protect your home!

Protect your home from flood damage

  1. Clear debris from gutters, downspouts, and drains: ensure proper flow of water.
  2. Grade land so that it slopes away from the foundation.
  3. Install French Drains: these are trenches filled with gravel or rock that redirect water away from your home’s foundation.
  4. Collect water in Rain Barrels: reduce the volume of water around your property and use it as a source for irrigation. (If your roof is asphalt, beware of using it in fishponds, as a large quantity
  5. of asphalt infused water will kill fish (I had this happen).
  6. Install Downspout extensions which direct the water away from flood prone areas.
  7. Install Sump Pumps: used in basements, crawl spaces and submersed,
  8. Build Dry Wells: these are underground chambers, filled with gravel that can collect and slowly release water.
  9. Think Permeable Surfaces: opt for permeable surfaces for walkways and driveways, allowing water to drain underground, instead of forming rivers which carry off the topsoil.
  10. Plant Native Plants: these helps absorb water, improve drainage, and prevent erosion.
  11. Mulch: mulch helps retain moisture and presents soil erosion. Keep it way from foundations, however, as it can also attract termites.
  12. Consider hiring a professional landscaper, or drainage specialist for personalized advice. Local regulations, climate, and soil types, all come into play.