The best way to protect your home from flood damage is not to build it in a flood prone area, but we know that is not always possible, especially if weather conditions have changed the lay of the land. If you have already bought/built a home and discovered later that it is on land that is subjected to flooding at times, it doesn’t mean you have to sell up – there are easier ways to resolve the problem. Black & White Houseraising and Restumping have assisted many a family to raise their home and create extra living areas for the whole family to enjoy , which means that you not only protect the house from flooding, but you have even more space to call home.
Once water gets over the threshold of a house, the excess moisture makes it prone to flood damage, which means that in time you will need to be pulling out all the stops to get at and remove mould, clean up insulation and replace electrical wires. Ensure that there is adequate drainage around the home, and that all water is directed away from the building and its fixtures. If you are about to enter into a possible flood event, ensure that gutters are cleared and that there are no blocks in your drainage system.
Elevate Electrical Appliances
When planning the details of your home make sure that all electrical switches are raised, and that circuit breakers, sockets, and wiring are at least a foot above the floor level. Ensure that air conditioning systems, fuel tanks, water heaters and any outdoor electrical appliances are raised off the ground and in a position where they will not be affected by rising flood waters.
Raise Your Home
If you really want to ensure that your home is safe from flood waters, have it raised on stilts or columns so that it is well above ground/flood level. Not only will this prevent any future water damage from flooding, but will also provide extra space for the family to use. According to local family-owned business, Black & White Houseraising and Restumping, raising a home can provide extra bathrooms, bedrooms and rumpus room areas, which add value to your home. By raising your home, for the purpose of flood prevention , the experience could prove to be an exciting opportunity for the whole family to enjoy a little more space.