Preparing Your Home for Potential Spring Flooding

April 13, 2023

After such a cold and wet winter season (with snow still falling in April), aren't we all looking for sunshine and warmer temperatures? While we're getting some signs of typical spring weather around the corner, we're also facing potential flooding. All of that moisture prayed for up in those mountains has got to go somewhere. It is important to take measures to prepare your home for possible flooding. Here are some tips to help you protect your home and property from flood damage:

  1. Check for potential flood risks: Assess the risk of flooding in your area by checking local flood maps and consulting with local officials. Many cities have posted these maps on their Facebook pages. If your home is located in a flood-prone area, take extra precautions to prepare for potential flooding.
  2. Inspect and maintain your home's drainage systems: Make sure your gutters, downspouts, and drains are clear of debris and in good working order. Consider installing a sump pump in your basement or crawl space to help prevent water damage.
  3. Elevate your home's utilities: Consider elevating your furnace, water heater, and other utilities above the potential flood level to protect them from water damage.
  4. Create a flood emergency kit: Assemble an emergency kit that includes important documents, emergency supplies, and a plan of action in case of a flood. Keep this kit in a safe, easily accessible location.
  5. Purchase flood insurance: Standard homeowner's insurance policies typically do not cover flood damage. Consider purchasing a separate flood insurance policy to protect your home and property.
  6. Stay informed: Monitor weather forecasts and flood warnings in your area. Sign up for emergency alerts to stay informed about potential flooding and evacuation orders.

In the event of a flood, it's important to prioritize your safety and the safety of your family. If instructed to evacuate, do so immediately. If you are unable to evacuate, move to higher ground and avoid contact with floodwater. Taking proactive measures to prepare for potential flooding can help protect your home and property from damage. 

Stay safe and take care.