Prepare for flood damage

There’s no guaranteed way to find out if the Fargo-Moorhead area will have spring flooding, until the waters are actually rising. However, that doesn’t mean that you can’t prepare for it ahead of time. By following these tips, you can save yourself some time in the cold end of winter, when your time should instead be dedicated to piling sandbags.

Tip #1

Extend the length of your gutters to 10 feet out from the house. It’ll keep water away from your home, even though the flood waters are threatening their way in.

Tip #2

Grade your yard by adding more soil at the foundation of your home. Grade the yard so that there is a 1 percent slope leading away from the home foundation. Add 1 inch of slope per every 5 feet of turf. It’ll help to prevent flood damage from wrecking havoc on your home, when every inch counts.

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Tip #3

Remove plants from around the house foundation. Plants collect water and keep it from draining away from the home.

Tip #4

Clear out all drains around the yard regularly to prevent blockages that may prevent water from draining, causing aflood of water inside your home. Check the drains in the fall before winter, as well as once the winter is over.

Tip #5

Check the basement walls for any cracks and seal them to prevent water from coming in, to keep flood damage on the exterior of your home outside of the home itself. Inspect the seals around any basement windows for decay, which could permit flood waters from intruding.

For more tips on preparing for Spring floods in the Fall, view the original article here.

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