While those who are not living in immediate reach of a large body of water may not consider flooding to be a major risk for their homes or apartments, the truth is that heavy rain and thunderstorms can cause devastating flooding practically anywhere, including landlocked areas. Because flooding often is not that high on people's radar when it comes to keeping their homes safe, sometimes this sort of damage can be even more devastating than a break-in, since it is harder to prepare for if you've never considered it a problem before. With a particularly heavy rainy season hitting the United States, though, it's never been a more important time to learn what simple home security steps can be taken to minimize damage from flooding, whether it's from abnormally heavy rain or otherwise.
A lot of the time, people who live in colder climates are more attuned to their pipes than those who are not spending their winters worrying about whether or not they are going to freeze and break. Paying attention to your pipes is one of the most important home maintenance steps to take, because, because a burst pipe can cause flooding just as suddenly as a heavy thunderstorm – and it will be directed in a particular room of your home. Be sure to get your pipes checked on a regular basis, and if there is any leaking occurring, try to address the problem immediately. This can save you a great deal of money later down the line if there is a larger emergency with the plumbing.
But when it comes to home security and flooding, the most common culprit is a mysterious heavy rainstorm, or continued rains that do damage to everything from roofs to interiors. If you live near a body of water or even have a pool, try to move valuables, especially electronics, away from the lower levels of your homes or by doors or windows. This way, if the waters start to pool or rise, or reach your home, your valuables will not get destroyed. Another simple step towards better flood home security is to invest in some sandbags and to lower the water level on your pool, if you happen to have one. This way, you can prevent some of the damage more easily, and make it take longer for water to reach the interior of your home.
While most of the time flooding is not cause for people to evacuate, it has certainly been a major concern in areas that have been particularly devastated, or where still water comes with its own collection of health-related problems. When evacuating your home due to flooding, it is important to remember to bring any important prescription drugs, to always try and keep valuables in an easy-to-grab bag – but in a safe location – so that they are not lost to further flooding. If you're going to be gone indefinitely, do not forget to set your home security system, even if you think the power might be going out. If there are going to be louters, after all, having an alarm sound can be a major deterrent to their choosing to rob your particular home.