Being prepared for a flood can not only help keep your family safe, it can also help minimize potential flood damage and accelerate recovery efforts. Using the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Flood Smart websites we have put together a few suggestions about ways you can protect your home from flood damages:
Elevate the furnace, water heater, and electric panel if susceptible to flooding.
Install "check valves" in sewer traps to prevent floodwater from backing up into the drains of your home Seal the walls in your basement with waterproofing compounds to avoid seepage.
Make sure your sump pump is working and then install a battery operated backup, in case of a power failure. Installing a water alarm will also let you know if water is accumulating in your basement.
Clear debris from gutters and downspouts.
Raise your electrical components (switches, sockets, circuit breakers, and wiring) at least 12 inches above your homes projected flood elevation.
To learn more about what you can do to protect your home, we encourage you to visit FEMA's website. You can also contact the City of Falls Church Department of Public Works at 703-248-5298 (TTY 711). Additional information items can be found in the Mary Riley Styles Public Library catalog at: 120 N. Virginia Ave.