A study, released on Monday 7/28/14 by a team of the government climate scientists, revealed that residents who live along the Atlantic coast are in-store for increased flooding in the years to come. While researching 45 tide gauges, it was determined that flooding was more frequent at 41 stations, and that 28 of the 41 were showing accelerated rates of increase. Most concerning for those of us in the Rochester and WNY region, is that the mid-Atlantic coast reported the most significant flood increase activity.
While severe flooding and storm damage is always a key concern, the most common problems associated with these changing weather patterns is nuisance flooding, or what most refer to as minor flooding. The most frequently reported issues associated with these types of floods includes:
- Drainage systems becoming overwhelmed
- Backed-up septic systems
- Highway and local road closures
- Infrastructure and structural damage
- Loss of electrical power
Preparing & Protecting Your Home from Flood Damage
Even if you do not live on water, it’s still important to be prepared in the event of flooding caused by increasing storms and their surges. Here are a few things you can do to make sure that your house (or place of business) is in the best possible position to withstand the effects of a severe storm.
Install a Sump Pump
Homes without sump pumps are the most vulnerable when it comes to dealing with flash floods and hurricane backlash. One of the key advantages is that they can lessen the burden placed on drainage systems, allowing water to flow freely instead of backing up into your home or basement.
Have a Septic System Inspection Prior to Storm Season
An annual inspection of your septic and drainage system is a fast, easy and very affordable way to make sure that you’re prepared for anything Mother Nature decides to dish out. They should be conducted by qualified professionals who understand how to identify potential problems, such as damaged or aging drainage structures.
Have an Emergency Preparedness & Survival Kit
Heavy rains and flash flooding events are notorious for closing roads, schools and access to essential supplies. You should make sure that your home has enough food, water and medical supplies for a minimum of one week, in the event that you can’t travel to get them.
Invest in a Backup Generator
A backup electrical generator can be of immeasurable value when severe storms result in power outages and blackouts. It will prevent you from having to burn candles and exhaust your flashlight batteries, and can be purchased for as little as a couple hundred dollars depending on capacity. A word of caution, though: never operate a generator indoors, as they run on fuel and the fumes can be toxic.
Elevate Your Electrical Outlets
It’s common to have outlets and switches at ground level, but this can be dangerous if you’re the victim of a flood. Keeping them mounted a few feet above the ground will prevent them from being damaged, while reducing the risk of an electrical fire.
If you would like more information on the most effective and affordable ways to prepare your home for flooding in the Rochester or Western NY area, Rapid Dry offers free estimates and expert flood preparation service. Call us to learn more about how to be best-prepared at 585-663-0510.