The USA is fraught with flood risk, especially during the past three years. The Midwest region of the country that has been fed with rivers are now doing the upturn as they break the levees and enter home and offices, causing extensive damage. The threat of floods is maximum during the months of March and April. The National Weather Service has given a warning that shows that people who live close to the northern Mississippi River; people in the Dakotas, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin and other areas that make the Midwest region. One of the biggest challenges is to see to it that the flood waters do not enter our home. Here are some steps to ensure that such things do not happen:
1. Make sure that you stay on higher ground. If possible stay in the top floors of your apartment. You can reinforce your building with one of the many methods that are given by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. You can get a pamphlet from them on their website that talks about various ways in which you can strengthen your position against floods. One of the good options includes elevating the entire base and putting a higher support below it.
2. Sandbags are another good way to prevent the onrush of floods to your home. Keep sandbags stacked high than what you’d anticipate of the flood water levels, outside and a few meters away from your home to prevent water from coming to your home. Authorities say that you should stack a row of sandbags or wooden beams in the form of a line, side by side across the area where water may flow in. Put the next layer of sandbags or wooden beams securely, on top and position this temporary wall in such a manner that the water would hit them and go back rather than coming inward.
3. You can also use a waterproofing compound like Masterseal and seal the basement walls of low level floods to avoid any seepage from saturated soil. Thick even coats can do the trick.
4. Clean the gutters and drains properly. Remove the debris off the drains as well as the roof to make sure that the water does not clog or block in case, the gutters are clogged with debris or leaves, the floodwaters an seep inside the home and cause a lot of problems.
5. Install backflow piping in the home to avoid sewage water from coming into your house. It is important to ensure that the valves are of high quality because they make way for water to go towards the sewer and drainage system.
6. We have read in early school days that plants and foliage are important for soil erosion but we conveniently forget this important fact. So make sure that the property has enough plants and foliage so that there is no sediment degradation and water-flow in your home.
7. Invest in a pump system that can divert water way from your home.
8. You can also create flood pipes and channels around your home or office that can draw off flood waters to areas that you do not currently stay in, for instance, in a flood chamber below your home.