Even if you don’t live right next to a body of water, your home may still be at risk for flooding. There are countless different causes for floods, some natural and some due to improper maintenance or unseen damage. Here are four common ways that a flood can occur in your home:
Plumbing problems such as leaks, overflowing septic systems or broken pipes are one of the leading causes of flooding. If a pipe bursts while you are away from home, your house could sustain severe water damage by the time you return. The best way to protect against this problem is to regularly inspect your pipes to make sure they are in good shape, and to have your septic system cleaned according to the recommended cleaning schedule for your type, style and size of septic tank.
Drainage problems can be local, such as a clogged rain gutter or a clogged floor drain, or they can be larger scale, such as a clogged storm drain. When water has no place to drain, it backs up and rises. If it gets high enough, it can lead to flooding.
Cracks in your foundation provide the perfect entry point for rainwater. Avoid this problem by inspecting your foundation at least once a year for cracks. Repair any small cracks yourself. For larger cracks, consider hiring a professional to repair them for you.
Heavy rain can turn even tiny creeks into dangerous flood threats. If you live close to water, you may want to keep some sand bags on hand in case of flooding. Flash floods from heavy rains can happen in an instant. Being prepared can help minimize damage and protect your home.
These are the four most common types of flooding. Although it is not always possible to protect your home from a flood, you can reduce your risk of becoming a victim by spending some time on simple home maintenance and regularly inspecting your home for water-related problems.