While floods are often linked with acts of nature, such as heavy rains, this is not how all floods occur. In fact, many floods experienced by homeowners are the result of an issue that could have been easily prevented with the right steps. Protect your home, your family and most importantly, your sanity by preventing a flood in your home. Here are some tips to get you started.

Keep Your Gutters Clean

If your gutters are dirty and clogged with debris, you're basically asking for a flood in your home. Gutters help drain rainwater off and away from your home. If they are clogged, not only does the water rest on top of your roof, it also slowly drains down the side of your home and rests at your foundation, allowing water to come in through your basement. 

The risk only increases if you already have existing damage to your roof or foundation. Clearing your gutters of leaves, roof particles and other debris is how you resolve the problem and minimize the risk.

Upgrade Your Sump Pump

If you have an older sump pump, it might be a good idea to upgrade your sump pump. This is especially the case if you're using a pump that doesn't come with a battery backup. In the event water starts collecting in your basement, the sump pump will help drain the water from the space.

However, this is only the case when the pump is operating. In the event of a power outage, a pump without a battery backup won't work. Consider upgrading to a unit that has a backup so that no matter what the power situation is in your home, you can have confidence that the pump will operate when you need it to.

Monitor Plumbing Leaks

A leading reason for home flooding is a plumbing leak and what's so great about this is the fact that you can easily eliminate these types of problems. If you have a leak in your home, make it a priority to resolve the leak. One of the greatest risks about plumbing leaks is the fact that they're progressive.

A leak might start off small, but as more water flows through, the larger the leak will become and the more likely a flood is to occur. Whether it's a leaking toilet or pipe, have a plumber inspect and repair the issue promptly.

If you believe you have an elevated flood risk or just need additional assistance, there are professionals who can assist you. Flood prevention professionals can examine your property, the exterior and interior, to help identify all your risk and assist you with creating a customized prevention plan. Click here for more info on flood prevention.