- 1 - Caulking the issues
- 2 - Raise the furniture
- 3 - Attach the imposing objects
- 4 - Close the shutters
- 5 - Sandbags
- 6 - Turn off electricity and gas
- 7 - Secure fragile elements
- 8 - Storing up objects that can float
- 9 - Installation of cofferdams
- 10 - Install a check valve
In France and elsewhere, there are more and more cases of floods with their attendant ravages and destructions. Even if you can not stop nature, it is still possible to limit the damage in your home through measures that are sometimes very simple to apply. Here are 10 essential steps to protect your home in case of flood risk...
1 - Caulking the issues
All accesses and openings that can let in water must be plugged. The most common points to watch for are doors, windows, vents, and vents.
2 - Raise the furniture
Some items are difficult to transport to safe places on floors such as furniture and heavy appliances. We can then limit the damage by elevating thanks to trestles or blocks.
3 - Attach the imposing objects
If the water enters a room where there are tanks or bottles of oil, they can be driven and float, which can cause serious damage. You have to tie them securely with ropes.
4 - Close the shutters
Closing all shutters strengthens other safeguards. If it's about electric shutters, you have to think about lowering them before To cut the electricity.
5 - Sandbags
It is a rather archaic method but it has proven itself, sandbags are a good protection against water. It can be placed all around the house and strengthen the protection inside. clogging the openings.
6 - Turn off electricity and gas
As a safety measure, the electric current and the gas are cut off. There are automatic shutdown systems. Electricity must only be restored once the installations are dry.
7 - Secure fragile elements
Sofa cushions, curtains, paintings, tablecloths... all fabric or non-waterproof elements must be transferred to the floor or stored in hermetic crates.
8 - Storing up objects that can float
Decorative items, utensils, cutlery, and all small items in closets and drawers may float and be damaged when the water is evacuated. You have to think about protecting them or putting them up on shelves.
9 - Installation of cofferdams
The cofferdams or buspins are solid panels that are fixed in front of the doors, gates, openings and which prevent the water from entering. These small light dams are placed quite easily.
10 - Install a check valve
Check valves can be installed on wastewater networks and breakdowns. This system avoids the backflow of dirty water and the many debris carried by the flood.
Here are some basic tips on how to respond to flooding your home.