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How To Protect Your Home From Flooding

Potential flooding is something that all homeowners should be aware of. According to the Sacramento Bee1, Sacramento has the greatest flood risk of any major urban area in America, aside from New Orleans. You can make permanent changes to your home to reduce the risk of flood damage. Making a few alterations to your home can significantly reduce the time and cost of recovering from an uninvited flood. Here are a few tips to help you improve your flood readiness.

  • Fix Leaks Immediately – When you see wet spots on your ceiling or cracks in the foundation, call your local plumbing professional to check the issue. If there’s a leaky pipe inside the walls, you’ll want to fix leaks as soon as they’re detected, to keep major damage at bay.
  • Clear Gutters and Drains – Keep your gutters and drainage systems clear so that they can carry water safely away from the home. Make sure that your local storm drains on your street are clear and not blocked by excessive leaves and debris.
  • Prevent Sewer Backup – It’s not uncommon for sewers to become overloaded during a heavy rainstorm. Have a plumbing professional install sewer or septic line check valves, which allow waste to flow only one way, ensuring that sewage can’t back up into your home. Be sure that it is installed at a point in the pipe that’s easy to access for repair.

If you have any questions about your home’s flood plan or if you’d like to make an appointment, please call Beutler Air Conditioning & Plumbing today at 916-646-2222.