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.