Preventing Surface Water Flooding

April showers bring May flowers. But in homes with poor or blocked drainage, those showers can also bring flooding and damage.

Flooding may occur due to surface water or water seeping into unwanted places like a basement. Be proactive to protect your home and belongings with these tips.

Evaluate your property. Make sure the ground slopes away from your home’s foundation. Utilize landscaping to help reduce the chance of flooding. Have a professional assess your property and offer advice on how to move water away from your home and what plants may aid in flood prevention.

Evaluate your downspouts. Clean the gutters and downspouts regularly. Extend downspouts at least 10 feet from your home, directing water away from your home’s foundation. Be careful not to direct the water too close to your neighbor’s property.

Evaluate your roof. Have your roof inspected annually by a professional and promptly make necessary repairs.

Evaluate your home after heavy rain. Check for water and damages in and around your home. Know the warning signs of surface water flooding and stay alert.

Evaluate your insurance coverage. Reach out to your insurance agent or broker to learn about your property’s current flood coverage and review what options are available. Your home is special and IBA can provide the protection it deserves, delivering nothing less than exactly what you need. We are here to ensure you are in a place where you can face life’s challenges head-on, knowing you’re well protected.

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