How to Prevent Flood Damage at Home

by Jacqui Zuzgo 09/11/2022

Flooding can cause significant damage to your home and even make it uninhabitable in worst-case scenarios. Floods can lead to mold growth, wood rot and other types of water damage that can be costly to repair. Taking steps to prevent floods from occurring can protect your home from this kind of damage. Use these flood prevention tips to keep your house safe from serious water damage.

Seal Gaps in Your Foundation

Cracks and other gaps in your foundation can easily let flood waters in. Closing them up helps protect your home from flooding. Check your foundation for any gaps, and seal them up with hydraulic cement or masonry caulk. You should also check your basement walls for gaps and cracks, and close these up using waterproofing materials.

Keep Floor Drain Areas Clear

Flooding doesn't always come from rain or outside water sources. Your home can also flood from the inside. If you have any floor drains in your basement or laundry room, make sure the surrounding areas are kept clear and free of clutter or debris. Otherwise, water can build up inside your home instead of going down these drains. You should also look into installing drain plugs and sewer backflow valves to prevent sewage from flooding your home.

Improve Grading in Your Yard

Check for trouble spots where water tends to pool or collect when it rains. Water should be flowing away from your foundation rather than heading toward it or building up near it. Make changes to your landscaping to improve grading, such as filing up any sunken spots close to your foundation or digging channels that direct water away from your home. This helps prevent water from pooling close to your home.

Keep Gutters and Downspouts in Good Condition

Gutters and downspouts move water away from your home, which helps lower the risk of flooding. Clean your gutters and downspouts at least twice a year or more often if needed, such as after storms. Have your gutters and downspouts inspected to check for signs of damage that needs to be repaired.

Put Flood Vents in Your Garage or Crawlspace

Flood vents allow water to move through enclosed areas to stop water pressure from building up inside homes. This helps protect your walls and foundation from severe water damage during floods. Flood vents need to be kept clear to work properly.

About the Author
Author

Jacqui Zuzgo

I have been a REALTOR® in Massachusetts since 1984 and hold both a salesman and broker license. I am currently affiliated with Five College REALTORS® located at 190 University Drive, Amherst, MA. Over my career, I have consistently been a Top Producer in the Pioneer Valley and have gained a reputation for being a strong-minded, no-nonsense negotiator in the industry. I also frequently rank highly on Boston’s Top 20 for sales in Western Massachusetts. Some of my best qualities include my listening and communication skills. I have time and again proven to work well under pressure with exceptional attention to detail. My commitment to my clients and professionalism is obvious in every transaction.

Representing both buyers and sellers in Hampshire and Franklin Counties, as well as assisting in relocations throughout the United States and globally has helped me embrace the need for quality performance and develop an acute and sincere sensitivity to people's needs. Honing in on what matters most is almost a sixth sense. Communication and awareness of the situation at hand produce a final result that has undoubtedly led to the large referral business I maintain.

Education has been a theme throughout my 30 years of experience. Well versed in technology and holding key designations have proven to be assets to my performance and dedication to the Real Estate field. My never-ending enthusiasm, availability, knowledge and drive make for a seamless transaction every client, every time.

I am a native of the Pioneer Valley. I am committed to sharing all the area has to offer in making your transition, whether long distance or short, a satisfying experience.

Education:

  • University of Massachusetts, Amherst - Bachelor of Science 1983
  • Top Individual Seller for Residential Sales in the Pioneer Valley since 2006.
  • #1#1 Realtor in the entire Franklin/Hampshire Counties for Millions Sold since 1999.
  • Highest producer in sales since 2004 in Franklin/Hampshire Counties.
  • ABR®– Accredited Buyer's Representative
  • CRS – Certified Residential Specialist (only 3% of REALTORS® hold a CRS)
  • e-PRO – Digital Marketing, Certified e-PRO Realtor®
  • GRI – Graduate, Realtors® Institute
  • SRES– Seniors Real Estate Specialist®

Biographical Highlights:

Life long, active member of the community, born & raised in the Pioneer Valley. Graduate of University of Massachusetts, Amherst, BS 1983.

Current Committee Involvement:

Member of the local Chamber of Commerce - Post Board of Director's member Volunteer for the Road to Recovery.

Greenfield Community College Foundation Board Member 

Greenfield Savings Bank Corporator

MLS Professional Standards Committee Member

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