Rain, rain, go away...I think by this time of year everyone above the Mason Dixon line is ready for some warmth (I don't know how you mid-westerners survive!). The warmer weather is notorious for bringing some rain with it and begins melting some of the winter snow. Too much rain or snow/ice melting too quickly can wreak havoc on your home. As usual, being prepared for wet conditions and flooding will help you minimize any damage to your home.
- Floods are the #1 natural disaster in the US.
- A car can easily be carried away by just two feet of floodwater.
- According to Floodsmart.gov, the average annual US flood losses in the past 10 years (2002-2011) were more than $2.9 billion.
- Just an inch of water can cause over $20,000 damage to your property.*
- Flash floods often bring walls of water 10 to 20 feet high.
How You Can Be Prepared:
- Check gutters to make sure they're in good condition and free of debris so that snow, ice and water can drain properly and help preserve your roof.
- Unclog downspouts and make sure they drain away from the foundation.
- The Federal Alliance for Safe Homes recommends elevating the following items to help lower the risk of damage: large appliances, such as the washer and dryer, furnace, water heater, air-conditioning unit and electrical system components (including fuse and circuit breaker boxes, meters, switches and outlets).
- Buy a flood policy. Flooding is not covered by standard homeowners insurance policies.
*based on 2,000 SF Home