Water damage Utah from floods can cause significant property damage. There are many remedial measures that can be taken to mitigate or prevent any potential damages in the event of a flood. Damage to electrical systems can be prevented by raising electrical sockets, switches and circuit breakers, water heaters and furnaces by one foot or more above the projected flood level in the area in which it is located. Similarly, any outdoor equipment including air conditioning units, fuel tanks, and electrical generators should also be placed above the local flood level. Certainly, this equipment should not be sitting on the ground itself.
Inside the house from a plumbing perspective it is an easy step to install exterior and or interior backflow valves in order to prevent the accumulations of sewage in the house in the event of a flood. In addition, gate valves should be installed on all pipes that enter the house in order to prevent back flow because the have significantly stronger seals than standard backflow valves.
In many cases it can be informative to observe how any water tends to accumulate in and around a house during and after an average rainstorm. An accumulation of rain water in the street running along the front of a house is something that should be brought to the attention of the municipal or local environmental services department. The local environmental services department will have different titles depending on the particular jurisdiction. Regardless of the title, the service will be able to provide advice as to how to prevent or otherwise deal with an undesirable accumulation of water in order to avoid water damage Utah.
Finally, many home owners choose to install vents in the foundation of the house in order to allow water to flow in and out of the structure. This adaptation serves to prevent the accumulation of water inside the foundation. Typically two vents are installed in each wall respectively.