According to Utah.Gov, there has been a total of $414,488,500 in property damage from flooding events in Utah since 1996. When the Laub Detention Dam failed as a result of heavy rainfall in September 2012, Santa Clara, Ivins, and St. George suffered damage to 66 homes, 18 businesses, and a number of public facilities; so much so that a Presidential Disaster was declared. Floods have been proven to be the most destructive natural disaster in terms of economic loss to the citizens of Utah. Ally 1 Disaster Solutions is the number one trusted company to handle water damage emergencies in St. George and Southern Utah. We want our homeowners to be aware of ways that they can safeguard their homes and property from the devastation of water damage from flooding.
Look Into Flood Insurance
Whether you live in a high-risk flood zone or not, it is always a good idea to look into flood insurance for your home. FEMA warns that if you live in an area with low or moderate flood risk, you are still five times more likely to experience flooding over a fire in your home over a thirty year time span. The State of Utah Insurance Department warns that winters with heavy snowfall and springs with above average rainfall put all homeowners at a higher risk for flooding. For some homeowners, flood insurance through the National Flood Insurance Program could cost less than $400 per year. When you consider that the average price of water damage restoration is between $2000-$7000, insurance costs are totally worth it.
Install Flood-proofing Renovations
Now that you have peace of mind with flood insurance, you can install flood-proofing renovations to protect your home. Installing foundation vents allow floodwater to flow through your home rather than pool around it. These vents provide an outlet for moving water, which relieves the significant pressure that floodwater can put on the foundation, walls, and basement windows of your home.
Sump pumps can also be installed in pits in the basement of your home to pump out water. Since basements are the first area to flood, having a sump pump is your homes first line of defense from floodwater. You should also install a battery-operated backup sump pump that will kick in during a power outage. Keeping water and moisture out of your basement and away from your home will greatly reduce the risk of flooding.
Use Coatings And Sealants
Coatings and sealants can be applied to your foundation, walls, windows, and doorways to prevent floodwater from leaking into your home through cracks or gaps. If your lawn tilts toward your home, consider raising the level around your home and changing the grade of your lawn away from the house. This will direct water to run away from home and prevent it from pooling around your foundation. Flood-proofing can range from expensive home renovations, to free basic maintenance. Each step you decide to take toward protecting your home will help mitigate the potential damage floodwater can cause.
The Ally 1 Disaster crew is certified and has the experience needed to minimize damages from a water emergency. Whether from floodwater, a burst pipe, or malfunctioning appliance, Ally 1 is here for all of your water damage restoration needs.