Although rivers in Ohio can flood at any time, heavy rains in the spring can cause historic flood conditions. In years past rising waters of the Portage River and Lake Erie have flooded the pier and surrounding areas. Bridges, roads, railways, dams, and property have been washed away.
Floods are among Earth’s most common, and most destructive, natural hazards. Cousino Restoration suggests some preventive measures you can do now to help keep your house dry when the spring rains arrive.
Climb Up High
Gutters are essential to direct running water away from your home’s foundation.
When clogged gutters overflow, water can pool around your foundation. Remove any leaves and debris, then install leaf guards and downspout extenders to direct downpours 10 feet from the house. When gutters are blocked by ice, the aluminum system can get weighed down by ice buildups. Therefore, inspect the roof annually for damage that could allow a torrent into your home.
Get Dirty Now To Stay Clean Later
Make sure surrounding soil is pitched away from the house at a slope of at least 1/4 inch per foot so that precipitation drains toward your yard, not your foundation. Simply add soil, rake it smooth, until the grade is highest at the house’s perimeter. Water it well; it will settle and compress a little.
Plan For The Future
You can’t change your home’s location, but you can work with the land you have to improve drainage. Mature trees will help absorb a flash flood and stabilize the yard and will also give it more curb appeal and provide protection from flooding.
Watch the drainage situation during a steady rain. Where does the water pool? Is the driveway directing the flow toward the home or away from it? Do you need to install French drains, redesign the curbs or hardscapes?
Large surface areas collect a great deal of runoff and should to deliver it to a drainage system. Leaf litter, debris, ice, and garbage can clog or obstruct these drains and cause the water to collect or travel toward the building so regularly inspect all drains designed to handle runoff.
Is It Flood Or Water Damage?
Unlike a flood, water damage is typically covered under homeowners insurance, but you should read your policy carefully to determine exactly what kind of water damage the insurer will cover. In general, water damage differs from flood damage in that it occurs before water comes in contact with the ground
At its most basic, a flood is considered to be an event of “rising” water whereas a regular water claim is considered to be the result of “falling” water. The distinction may seem minor but the difference determines whether or not you have insurance coverage. Professionals like Cousino Restoration can help you investigate whether you have a water damage insurance claim or a flood claim– and help you through the insurance process.
Cousino Restoration Water Damage Process
Whether the excess water is weather caused, or due to plumbing problems, a flooded home is a mess and often requires professional help. Cousino Restoration is dedicated to working quickly and efficiently to restore your property. After as much of the water and wet materials have been removed as possible, they will use a combination of dehumidifiers, fans, and moisture monitors to ensure your property is thoroughly dried. If the source of the water was contaminated or if the water damage was not discovered quickly, additional steps will be taken to clean, deodorize, and disinfect the affected areas.
Call 800-874-2122 or visit cousinorestoration.com for emergency response. Four office locations throughout Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan provide customers with fast, friendly, and local service.