Tips to Prevent Your Garage and Home From Flooding
While flooding can occur at any time of the year, Spring flooding becomes more of a concern in areas where there is a quick snow thaw or where heavy Spring rains occur. You can however, prepare in advance to help prevent flooding.
How do I keep my garage and home from flooding?
There are a few ways to help avoid flooding and the resulting water damage in your garage and home. For example:
• Have proper drainage
Check the drainage around your home, driveway and garage door. When street drains and gutters are working overtime due to heavy snow thaw or rainfall, your home becomes a target for flooding, with the first point of entry often being your garage. Therefore, it is important to have proper drainage around your driveway and garage to prevent flooding in your home.
• Use a French drain
A French drain can help divert water away from your home. French drains are trenches with a perforated pipe that is covered with gravel or rock. They redirect surface water away from an area. You can have a French drain installed around the foundation of your home. When heavy rainfall occurs, your home will be protected as the water is directed away. Because French drains are out of view, they could become clogged and result in flooding.
• Apply weather stripping
While the seal on the bottom of your garage door may be enough protection against some water, additional weather stripping can help. Vinyl or rubber strips or even self-adhesive weather stripping tape can help lock out moisture, providing some protection against water intrusion. Weather stripping can become worn however, and should be regularly inspected for cracks and, if necessary, replaced.
• Maintain your foundation
Even barely visible cracks can provide space for water to seep through. Inspect your foundation for cracks. Seal these cracks with vinyl concrete or waterproof paint. For larger cracks, call a professional for the best results.
What is a flood sensor?
Sometimes, even with the best of preparations, flooding can occur. A flood sensor is a small, battery-powered, wireless device that is placed close to sources of potential water seepage or leaks. They can also be installed in your garage or even behind a water tank, dishwasher or washing machine. Even if you are home, water seepage can go undetected for hours, while you are sleeping, for example. Having a flood sensor can offer you peace of mind and protection.
How do flood sensors work?
The moment the flood sensor comes into contact with water, no matter the time of day or night, an instant alert is sent to your TELUS SmartHome Security monitoring centre, as well as your smart device. Our monitoring centre receives this information as a flood alarm and will proceed to get in touch with you and/or your emergency contact list. In this way, the water sensor provides you with the time and opportunity to react and address the water issue in order to avoid costly damage and repairs.
What do you do if you have a flood in your house?
If you’ve done everything you can to flood-proof your garage and home, but Mother Nature’s force results in an unfortunate flooding you should: Turn off the electricity Call your insurer Document any damage before you clean up any mess Start your clean up
Flooding can happen, but you can be prepared.
Flood monitoring, thanks to an TELUS SmartHome Security water sensor, can help protect your garage and home from serious flooding issues this Spring. For more information, simply call 855.958.8181.