Thursday, November 6, 2014

Preventing Flooding and Flood Damage Around Your Home in Nashville

By Jamie Shelley
6 Nov. 2014 

Throughout the spring and summer, heavy rains can occur in Nashville, causing flooding and flood damage on properties and in homes. Flooding and flood damage causes millions of dollars in damage to American homes and properties each year. If you live in an area that is prone to flooding, you can help to limit the flood damage by taking proactive steps before the rainy season begins.

Check Gutters and Downspouts to prevent flood damage
Gutters and Downspouts
Regular cleaning of your gutters and downspouts can help to direct rainwater away from the foundation of your home in Madison to help prevent flooding and flood damage. Patch holes in gutters or replace with new sections. Ensure that connections are tight and functioning properly. This simple action can aid in preventing flood damage.

 Home Grading
When homes are first construction, the lot is usually graded to ensure proper runoff of rainwater into the street and sewer system. However, over time, this grading can erode, leaving low areas around the foundation of your home in Berry Hill. Rainwater can collect in these low areas and eventually seep into basements causing flood damage. Check the grading of your home and have it re-graded to provide better drainage away from the structure.

French Drains
A French drain is a simple method of helping to direct rainwater away from the foundation of your home to help prevent seepage, flooding and flood damage. The drain consists of a trench that is lined with rock or gravel that contains a perforated pipe that draws water away from home structures toward the street. The pipe perforations help to drain the water more widely along the length of the trench.

Storm Drains
Property owners in Forest Hills should check all storm drains to ensure that they are clear of debris and able to properly handle heavy rainfalls. Many times, materials collect in storm drains causing blockages that can lead to flooding and flood damage of nearby homes and businesses.

Sump Pumps
Sump pumps can be an effective way to limit the amount of water that enters basement areas when homes lie in low-lying areas, thus lowering the chance of flood damage. Sump pumps are generally installed in sump pump pits in the lowest part of the basement or crawl space. These pumps automatically sense when water is beginning to collect in the pit and begins pumping it to exterior areas. Sumps can be installed by professional contractors in Oak Hill or by the homeowner.

You can also construct low floodwalls in vulnerable areas of your property to prevent sudden flash floods from entering your home and causing flood damage Nashville. These walls require an engineer to design them to specification to ensure that they are constructed to withstand the force of the water. Although more expensive than other methods, they may be necessary in some areas in Berry Hill to ensure control of floodwaters.

Stop flood damage by repairing cracks in the foundation
Foundation Repair
Homeowners should check their foundations annually to inspect small cracks and missing material that could allow rainwater into the home causing flood damage. These cracks can worsen over time, so regular inspection can find small problems before they become larger ones. A foundation contractor can help to repair larger fractures.

Water Sealing
If you notice dampness or water intrusion in basement areas, consider applying a water sealing compounds to help prevent flood damage and further problems. A variety of compounds are available that can effectively seal out moisture and prevent flood damage.

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