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Preventing Flood Damage with Proper Landscaping and Drainage Practices

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Fire damage may be the most likely danger to your property but water damage is not far behind. While FireAvert provides solutions for preventing water damage from interior leaks and equipment malfunctions, it's also important to protect your property from potential flood damage.

Floods can cause extensive damage to properties if proper precautions are not taken. Fortunately, the proper precautions are relatively simple and will go a long way to protect your property from flooding.

From maintaining gutters and downspouts to creating a landscape that is resistant to water damage, these strategies will help keep your property safe from flooding due to overflowing waterways or excessive precipitation. In this article, we’ll discuss the importance of taking proactive measures against flooding as well as provide tips for preventing flood damage through proper landscaping and drainage techniques.

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Flood Damage and its Potential Impact on Properties

Floods are one of the most devastating forms of natural disasters and can cause significant damage to properties. According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, even just one inch of flood water can cause $25,000 worth of damage.

The most common type of damage caused by flooding is structural damage. This includes damage to the foundation, walls, floors, and roof of a building. Flood waters can also cause damage to furniture and other personal belongings located in the building.

Additionally, flooding may lead to serious health hazards such as mold growth and infestations from pests like mosquitoes. To prevent these issues from occurring, it’s important to take proactive measures against potential flood damage.

Strategies for Preventing Flood Damage

The first step in preventing flood damage is to ensure that your property has proper drainage. This includes maintaining gutters and downspouts and creating a landscape that is resistant to water damage. You may also consider utilizing rain barrels or other systems for collecting runoff.

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Gutters and Downspouts

Properly designed and maintained gutters and downspouts can help protect your property from flooding by diverting water away from the building's foundation. When planning out gutters and downspouts for a property, consider factors such as slope of the land around the building, size of the roof area being drained, type of gutter system used, and location of downspouts relative to landscape features like trees or flower beds.

For existing properties, gutters and downspouts should be checked regularly to ensure that they are free of debris and in good working condition. If you have any cracked or clogged gutters, it is important to repair or replace them as soon as possible. Doing so will ensure that water does not back up and cause flooding.


For landscapes, it’s important to create a design that is able to resist water damage. This is particularly important in climates where rain or snow is heavy, even if only for specific seasons during the year.

Property owners—particularly for large properties—should consult with landscaping professionals to make plans for designs that look great while also providing protection against excess water. The basics include selecting plants that are able to tolerate periods of flooding, planting trees and shrubs away from buildings, and grading the land to allow for water drainage. Additionally, it’s important to maintain good soil health in order to reduce erosion—this can be done by adding organic matter like compost or mulch to the soil.

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Rain Barrels

Rain barrels are an effective and affordable way to divert water away from the foundation of a building to prevent flooding. Rain barrels are installed under a downspout, allowing rainwater collected from the roof of a structure to be collected and stored in the barrel. In addition to preventing damage from excess water pouring into soil near the foundation of your property, rain barrels provide great water conservation perks. The stored water can then be used for other activities such as watering gardens or washing vehicles.

The size and number of rain barrels will depend on your property needs. Rain barrels come in a variety of sizes and price points, ranging from small 50-gallon capacity barrels for around $50 to larger 300-gallon barrels that can cost upwards of $200 or more. Most homeowners opt for 100-gallon barrels that are on average 10 to 20 inches wide and 40 inches tall. For larger complexes, you may not need a barrel for each individual edifice and may instead want to space them out around the property.

Better Safe Than Sorry

Floods can cause extensive damage to properties, but with the right precautions you can protect your property from potential flood damage. From maintaining gutters and downspouts to creating a landscape that is resistant to water damage, these strategies will help keep your property safe from flooding due to overflowing waterways or excessive precipitation.

Utilizing rain barrels for collecting runoff also helps conserve water, making it an effective solution for protecting both your home and the environment. Taking proactive steps against flooding now will ensure that you are prepared in case of heavy rains or other natural disasters later on. Investing in proper flood prevention techniques could potentially save thousands down the road.

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