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While Nampa, Idaho isn’t necessarily known for its robust flooding seasons, that doesn’t mean that its residents are strangers to natural or man made flooding. Unfortunately, rainwater, melting snow, broken pipes and faulty appliances can and do commonly cause home floods, no matter where you live.
However, there are things that homeowners can do to protect their homes from flooding disasters. Follow these simple steps and you will be on your way to resting a little easier the next time a heavy rain comes your way.
First, let’s get one of the more difficult tasks out of the, and that is inspecting the grading of your lawn and landscaping. What this means is you will be making sure your lawn slopes away from your home, so that water can flow away from your home, and does not have a chance to pool near your foundation or basement windows.
It is recommended that the grade of your lawn meets these requirements: the first ten feet closest to your home should grade at 1 inch per foot away from your home; after the initial ten feet, the slope should be 1 inch per every 10 feet.
It is also a good idea to take a look at any landscaping that is near your foundation, and ensure that it is set at least 6 inches away from the foundation; this ensures that water can drain properly. If you suspect that the landscaping and lawn around your home is putting your home at greater flood damage risk, it’s probably a good idea to reach out to a landscaping professional.
Remember, an ounce of prevention (and possibly some cost) is worth a pound of cure, or in this case, your home and family.
Once you have assessed your landscaping, take a look at the gutters on your home. Are they clear and free of damage and debris? Great. Now, take a look at home they actually drain. The gutters should have a long enough downspout to distribute the water far enough from your home that it can drain away from it without issue. Pooling rainwater near your home is a sign that your downspouts are lacking or not placed on a grade away from your home.
The final step is something you will likely want to add to your calendar to start performing on a regular basis, this is performing a quick maintenance on any appliances that utilize water, such as washer, fridge and water heaters (and sump pumps – if you don’t have one, consider getting one – lifesavers!) This maintenance can reduce the chances of indoor flooding that would require professional water damage restoration.
The owners manuals on your appliances will usually tell you how to and how often to perform maintenance on them to keep they functioning and free of damage or blockages.
Hopefully, these few preventative measures will give you some peace of mind. Just know that if water damage happens to your home, you can rely on the Nampa water damage restoration professionals at UltraClean to help 24 hours a day!