Is Your Holiday Home Flood-Ready? 7 Things To Get Done Before the Storm Surge Season
Nothing compares to spending a few lazy days in your very own slice of heaven by the beach.

Your holiday home is definitely the best place to spend time with your loved ones for a homelike vacation. With a luxury asset that provides comfort and leisure, holiday homeowners are lucky enough to own one—at least at the moment when the weather is fine.  

Storm surge is a major risk for everyone, especially those with residential properties near the coastline. Massive water from a coastal flood or what we call the “tsunami-like phenomenon” can destroy the foundation of your home in a matter of hours. While you can set your mind at peace by purchasing a flood insurance policy that will cover the full cost of home improvement should you lose your home to a storm, making early preparations is still an excellent game plan for the flood season. Monitoring the weather and protecting your holiday home will help you reduce the damage to your property. 

Here are some important things that you need to get done before flooding gets imminent:      

Elevate your electric components.

All your electrical components including outlets, switches, sockets and circuit breakers should be at least one foot above flood level to avoid significant electrical damage and protect these expensive components from water damage. You can hire a licensed electrician to check your facility and help elevate your electric components. 

Secure the roofing system.

The flooding starts with the roof, so pay close attention to holes and other damages in your roofing system. Once the water breaks through the roof, it can do terrible things inside your home. Have your trusted luxury home builders to inspect your roof covering and make sure all the tiniest details are secured. Some builders will advise you to have metal straps added to your roof, especially if you can access the roof through an attic. 

Seal doors and windows.

Doors and windows are other potential openings where water can easily break through. Since the hot season can damage your door and window seals over time, make sure to have them checked and resealed before the flood season. 

Clear your lawn.  

Never leave your things such as lounge furniture, grill and garden gnomes lying around in your yard during a hurricane. These items can be picked and flown away by strong winds and wave strikes. Once you heard about the approaching typhoon in your area, make sure to keep these items indoors immediately.      

Do not drain your pool. 

If you think keeping your pool empty during the storm will prevent it from overflowing and flooding your property, think again. Swimming pools that are properly built are equipped with overflows to help drain excess water on its own. Draining the pool can lead to a strong hydrostatic pressure underneath, causing your pool to pop out of the ground and float away with the flood. Also, not a lot of people know that the water in the pool serves as a kind of shield that protects the pool's furnish from the flying debris brought about by the hurricane. 

Install backflow valves in your draining system. 

The draining system of your sink, toilet and bathtubs is another open entrance for the floodwaters. Have a licensed plumber install backflow valves and plugs to prevent the water from entering through pipes and drains.  

Consider the use of flood protection equipment.

Flood protection equipment such as sandbags, plastic sheeting flood sacks, flood barriers and air brick covers may not completely drive away the water from your home, but they can reduce the impact of flooding on your property by redirecting the water flow. You can contact your local building suppliers to buy and learn more about the proper use of flood protection equipment.


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