Buying a home in a flood zone can't always be avoided, but it definitely puts you at risk for costly water damage in the future. The key is to be proactive in protecting your home from water damage so that if a flood does occur the damage and expense will be minimized as much as possible. Here are three things to do after buying a home in a flood zone:
Invest in Basement Waterproofing
Basement waterproofing companies specialize in making your basement much less vulnerable to flooding. Since most flooding affects the basement, taking this step can prevent most or even all water damage from ever occurring during heavy rains and storms. Your basement waterproofing company will add exterior membranes and coating in a waterproof material to the outside of your basement.
This material will act as a shield between your basement and rain and snow. In some cases, they may also add special indoor material to your basement walls and floors as well. They can also locate small cracks and holes in your foundation and exterior basement walls to seal them and prevent water leaks.
Consult with a Landscaping Company
Your landscaping can actually have a huge effect on how vulnerable your home is to flooding and water damage. Many landscaping companies offer free consultations where they will inspect your landscaping and come up with a plan for improving it to decrease your risk of flooding.
If your yard slopes downward toward your basement, it may need to be re-graded by the professionals so that water flows away from your basement instead of toward it. Another common landscaping solution to flooding problems is to add a series of French drains, which direct water away from your home via small, unobtrusive trenches.
Buy a Sump Pump
A sump pump is a must-have when you live in a flood zone. If the other precautions fail for any reason and water makes its way into your basement, your sump pump will automatically turn on and begin pumping the water out of your basement. While most sump pumps are electrical, it may be wise to choose a battery-operated sump pump or one that is connected to a backup generator. This way your sump pump will still work even if a storm knocks out your electricity.
By taking these steps to protect your home from potential flooding, you will gain peace of mind and save money in the long-run.