No one wants to find themselves in an emergency situation, so it's important to prepare your home as much as possible. Since there's nothing you can do to stop Mother Nature, here are a few small, proactive measures you can take to help keep damages at bay.
1. CLEAN THE GUTTERS
Overflowing gutters are one of the major causes of water finding its way into homes. If your downspouts are leaky, in disrepair of non-existent, heavy snow and rain will go right into your foundation. Cleaning your gutters and repairing your downspouts should be on your annual maintenance list, and consider investing in gutter covers or screens to keep leaves out.
2. FIRE-RATE YOUR HOME
Proper fire separation between floors will help contain smoke and flames, as will fire-rated doors. Roxul safe'n'sound insulation is a product that will resist temperatures up to approximately 1,177°C, helping to prevent a fire from spreading and providing you valuable time to escape.
3. SEAL THE CRACKS
Everyone thinks foundation cracks are scary - and sometimes they are - but they're usually just signs of an aging home and not indicative of structural issues. However, those cracks could compromise the dryness of your basement in a storm, so have them sealed with epoxy injections. They cost about $500 per crack, which is a lot cheaper than gutting your basement because of a flood!