Today, we’re exploring the best ways to prevent and stop flooding in your home during the summer months.
As general contractors with over 35 years of experience dealing with flood damage, we at Good to Go Maintenance know what works best for those dealing with Long Island weather. So, let’s dive in and check out some cost-effective ways to keep your house dry!
1. Be Proactive
“It’s no fun but it has to be done!”
The cheapest and easiest way to ensure you are prepared for summer storms is to take a proactive approach to home maintenance. This includes taking care of the following:
- Downspouts: Ensure water exits your downspouts a minimum of 3 feet away from your foundation. Generally speaking, this will prevent water from pooling around your house when it rains. However, if you notice pools continuing to form, purchase downspout extensions to direct water farther away.
- Gutters: Cleaning out your gutters is a simple way to prevent water damage. Water spilling out of gutters is water not being directed to where it should be, which can lead to rotting outer walls and a compromised foundation.
- Cracks: Inspect the interior and exterior walls of your basement for cracks and use epoxy to repair them if needed. If repairs don’t seem to be working, contact a professional as there may be more at play than what meets the eye.
- Landscape: Wet mulch is known to rot siding with ease, leading to leaks. As such, maintain a space between your mulch and siding. Additionally, observe the grade of your lawn. If its slope causes water to run toward your house, call a professional to get it regraded.
If at any point you need assistance with water damage prevention, don’t hesitate to contact us! As a general contractor in Long Island, New York, we at Good to Go Maintenance can help you prevent water from entering your home.
2. Know Your Limits
If after taking the above steps, you still feel as though your home is prone to flooding, modifications may be needed to minimize potential damage.
While a bit more expensive, the following measures can be taken to protect your family and property in the event of a storm:
- Sump Pump With Battery Backup: An automatic sump pump can help keep water levels down in the event of a flood. If possible, purchase a battery-operated backup sump pump in the event of the first failing.
- Electricity Above Flood Level: Ensure all electrical equipment (outlets, wiring, etc.), including anchored indoor equipment (water heater, etc.), is above expected flood levels.
- Pipe Valve Modification: Install check valves in all pipes entering your home. This prevents sewage displaced by flooding from entering your home and can save you over $10,000 dollars in clean up costs.
3. Stay Calm with Help From Experienced General Contractors in Long Island, NY
Flood prevention can seem overwhelming—especially considering the financial implications if not done properly. Here at Good to Go Maintenance, we like to put worried minds at ease with a 5-year warranty on all of our work. If you need help preventing future flooding or repairing current water damage, don’t hesitate to call us at (631) 403-7855 for a free consultation with one of our engineers. We’d be happy to assist you!