Tips for Reducing Flood Damage

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Weather cannot be controlled, but taking the appropriate steps can help ensure that the damage caused by nature's worst weather is limited. We've had our fair share of rain here on the South Shore this April, and many of you might be looking for simple, inexpensive ways to reduce possible losses caused by flooding. Here are some easy steps you can take to protect your property from flood damage:

  • Raise electrical boxes at least 12 inches above base flood elevation or relocate your electrical box to an upper floor. (Tip-Ask your local building official what the base flood elevation is for your area.)
  • Elevate your water heater and heating system on a masonry base at least 12 inches above the base flood elevation level.
  • Elevate appliances such as the washer and dryer on a masonry base or pressure-treated lumber at least 12 inches above the base flood elevation. Another option is to construct a floodwall around the appliances.
  • Anchor your fuel tank to the floor or wall to prevent it from overturning or floating away. Metal structural supports and fasteners must be non-corrosive and wooden supports must be pressure-treated.
  • Install a backflow valve to prevent sewer backup from coming into your home.
  • Mount TV or surroundsound systems on the wall.
  • Place irreplaceable items, such as family heirlooms or treasured possessions on high mounted shelves.
  • Lay floor tiles or rugs on your ground floor rather than wall-to-wall carpeting. Rugs can easily be removed and placed out of reach and non-carpeted floors are easier to clean once the water has subisded. Rugs are cheaper to replace than wall-to-wall carpeting.