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Reduce Potential For Home Water And Flood Damage

water damage restoration panama city beach, water damage panama city beach, water damage cleanup panama city beachIrregular weather patterns and more urban sprawl (and asphalt) are leading to more flood damage than ever before. FEMA recently predicted that total area in the United States at risk of flooding could increase by 45 percent by 2100. The National Resources Defense Council has documented eight recent flood events of a size expected to occur just once every 500 to 1,000 years.

And while not everyone lives in a high-risk area, everyone does live in a potential flood zone. Flood damage can lead to full-scale destruction of a home. Even relatively minor damage, like a busted pipe, can cost thousands of dollars to repair. But homeowners in Panama City Beach can mitigate some of the risks.

Evaluate Your Risk

Homeowners can calculate their flood risk by visiting Floodsmart.gov, the website of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). This federal program sets flood insurance rates using FEMA’s Flood Insurance Rate Maps, which show a community’s base flood elevations, flood zones, and floodplain boundaries.  

If you’re considering buying a home, find out whether the property has ever been flooded. Some states require real-estate records to include that information. Better yet, Ask the neighborhood oldtimers whether there’s been flooding in the area.

Elevate The Major Appliances

Step One – Utilities, boilers, central air-conditioning units, and other HVAC equipment normally located at the lowest level of homes are particularly vulnerable to flood damage. Consider bringing them to higher ground, either by building platforms or by moving them to another floor. 

Step Two – Replace these before they fail and flood your home from INSIDE. It is only a matter of time before the bottom rusts out on that 20-year-old water heater.

Install A Sewage Water Backstop

Cities that deal with persistent and costly stormwater flooding on the Florida coast have various municipal programs to fund the installation of backflow prevention valves. These devices can help keep overtaxed sewer mains from backing up into basements. If your basement floor drain backs up after heavy rains, consider installing one of these devices.

Improve Your Landscaping

Living so close to the coast, Panama City families can tweak their gardens and yards to absorb or funnel excess rain away from the home. A 5 percent to 10 percent slope away from the home for a minimum of 10 feet will reduce foundation leakage. 

Porous outdoor surfaces help water seep into the ground instead of streaming toward your home. Digging depressions known as swales to channel stormwater runoff away from your house, converting concrete or asphalt driveways to gravel or brick, and using absorbent mulch can help manage heavy rain and reduce potential flood damage.  

Raise Electricity Out Of The Danger Zone

If you have a high risk of water damage in your property, consider moving some of the electrical infrastructures to higher ground. 

  • Raise the main breaker or fuse box and the utility meter above the potential flood level for your home or to a higher floor.
  • Raise outlets and switches to higher levels in rooms if allowed by local or state codes.
  • Install Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters to prevent electrical hazards.
  • Raise heating equipment and air conditioners to higher levels, a higher floor, or to the attic. Floor reinforcements may be needed to handle the extra weight.
  • Outside air conditioners can be installed on a higher platform above potential water levels.
  • Washers, dryers, and water-conditioning equipment can be relocated to higher floors or raised onto secure platforms inside the lower levels. Provide spillage pans and overflow drains to prevent water damage from leaks.  
  • If equipment cannot be moved to higher levels, construct sturdy platforms and raise them up from the existing floor level.

For Water Damage In Panama City Beach

When you discover water damage in your home or commercial property, look for a team with the most advanced, specialized equipment to detect any source of water. Daystar Cleaning, Inc. is a certified firm of the (IICRC) and uses proper water damage restoration techniques. For 24/7 emergency service in Panama City and Bay County,  please contact us.