Cleaning up after a flood is difficult work. You need to get rid of the water, repair the damage and remediate any mold that might have grown while your home was exposed to the excess moisture. You also need to make sure that you take steps to prevent water damage in the future. Waterproofing your home can help prevent future flooding issues, especially if the flooding was caused by seasonal rains or broken water pipes in the basement. Here are four steps you can take that will help prevent future water damage.
Invest in Sump Pumps
If you have a basement, you want to protect it from flooding. That's where sump pumps come in. Sump pumps will remove the flood water before it has a chance to cause damage. For best results, the pump should be positioned in the lowest area of your basement. This will allow water to flow down towards the pump.
Exterior drainage pipe should be installed so that it empties as far away from your home as possible. To prevent problems due to a malfunction, you should also have a backup pump installed in your basement. The backup pump can be operated when your primary pump breaks down or when there is too much water for your primary pump to effectively remove.
Apply Waterproof Sealant
Water and moisture can damage the concrete in your basement. In addition to the sump pumps, you should also apply waterproof sealant to the concrete walls and floors in your basement. The waterproof sealant will form a protective coating over the concrete, which will prevent water from seeping through the cracks. For best results, be sure to apply a new layer of waterproof sealant once a year.
Realign Your Rain Gutters
Take a look at your rain gutters. If the down spouts are located near the foundation of your home, you could be inviting floods. As the water flows through the downspout, it can collect along the foundation of your home. The excess water can then seep into your home. To prevent floods, be sure the downspouts are positioned on the corners of your home and that they empty away from the foundation.
While you're cleaning up after the flood damage, take the time to protect your home against future water damage. The tips provided above will help you waterproof your home. For more helpful information on how to waterproof your home, be sure to talk to a water damage restoration team from a company like Servpro Of Washington County.