Floods are forces of nature that we have to live throughout our existence. They are part of the irresistible forces that are very hard to contain and cause destruction to lives and our properties. Sydney, regardless of how modern a metropolitan it is, has not been spared from the damage brought about by the heavy rainfalls and consequent floodings. Homes, buildings, and other seemingly durable structures are not spared from its wrath. Are we defenceless against these floods? Not entirely.

The recent floods we are experiencing across Sydney due to weeks of continuous heavy rains have added to the stress and financial setbacks from the past couple of years. The repairs, renovation, and safeguarding of our homes are things to prepare for after the wet weather subsides. 

What are the important preparations you should do to ensure your homes are safeguarded from flooding? Here are essential things that you should do to protect or at least cushion the devastation floods may bring on your Sydney property. Take note to do this before the wet season.

Close Foundation Cracks and Clean Every Gutter in Your Property

Water can be very destructive as it passes through cracks and holes in your home. Flood water is exponentially impactful as millions of gallons of it can easily get into your home and cause severe devastation. As water accumulates, it damages the integrity of the structures of your home. 

Floors, walls, and foundations are very vulnerable to flood damage. Protect them by closing and sealing the cracks and holes that water can pass through. The gutters and canals, on the other hand, should be always maintained to be free-flowing at all times. Remove any obstruction like pieces of wood, leaves, plastics, and other items that can hinder the water flow towards the sewage line.

Install Foundation Vents or Sump Pumps

When worse comes to worst, you have to be prepared to have foundation vents and a couple of sump pumps on your property. Foundation vents allow floodwater to flow through rather than creating pools in your buildings. Sump pumps are used to pump the water out in cases wherein it starts filling your lowered areas like the basement.

Make sure to have both electric-powered and battery-operated sump pumps as a backup in anticipation for the loss of electricity.

Apply Coatings and Sealants on All Important Structures

If you’re living in a flood-prone area, this tip is very important to you. You have to make sure that the foundation, walls, and basement windows are “dry flood-proofed’. This means that all the structures that can come in contact with flood water have been coated or sealed with paint and sprays that will prevent the penetration of liquid through the cracks. It is basically a liquid membrane that is applied to the surface of the structures.

Raise the Floor by Building Pedestals, Piers, and Stilts

This may be an expensive option but it’s surely worth the investment. A raised flooring will protect you from floods. An inch of floodwater can cause significant damage to your home. Raising the floor height by a foot or two provides substantial protection to your belongings, structures, and the lives of people residing in the property.

Determine the flood level of your house. The flood level is the height in which the flood water can rise during the rainy season. If you live in a valley, for example, make sure to identify the route of the water and the high-risk areas where water might pool so you can implement the best countermeasures when the flood comes in.

Make Sure to Clean All Rubbish Before the Wet Season

When there’s a lot of clutter in your property, especially if there are bits and pieces, it can be a cause of clogging of drainage and can eventually fill the stormwater mains leading to inefficiency to cope with the flooding. Segregate your rubbish according to reusability, recycling, selling, or donation.

Keep your property free from rubbish. If you can’t keep up with the rubbish removal, call your local council for scheduled pickups or use the services of rubbish removal companies. The small amount of money you’ll spend is much better than the cost of repairing the aftermath of flood damage.

Final Thoughts

The storms and floods in Sydney are currently unavoidable. All we can do is make sure their effects on our property and lives are minimised. Flood preparation is the key. If you’re prepared, it lessens the anxiety and emotional breakdown that could possibly ensue. 

Lastly, stay on your property. Don’t attempt to drive through flooded areas. If the water level gets too high, stay on the highest levels of your home. Wait for the rescue and emergency responders to come to you. Remember: Safety should always be your priority.

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