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Well it’s flooding season again and that means snow melting, rain falling and rivers rising. If you happen to live near the Ohio River in either Cincinnati or Northern Kentucky, then you got a pretty good scare earlier this week as the Ohio River crested at its highest point in over 20 years. And if you live in a flood plain close to the river, you may very well have already been added to the list of people whose home flooded this year.
There are a hundred resources out there to help you understand how to protect your home against flooding, but in this article, let’s discuss what you can do to stem the tide of rising river water and keep it out of your home.
There are a number of different measures that you can take to keep rising flood waters out of your home. While some measures require a proactive approach that offers a permanent solution, the best way to prevent home water damage if river levels are rising is to construct a flood barrier using sand bags. If you live in a flood plain, it’s not a bad idea to purchase sand bags should you ever find yourself in a situation where they’ll become necessary. Often times finding these resources as the flooding is occurring can be nearly impossible, so a little effort now can go a long way in the future.
Even if you’re able to keep the rising water away from your home, it’s in water’s nature to travel in every direction. That includes soaking into the ground and then traveling sideways through the ground and into your basement walls. The best way to combat groundwater from entering your cellar is by making sure you’ve got a great sump pump. If you have a finished basement and don’t have a sump pump installed in your basement, you’re taking a big gamble. Unless you flood insurance, a standard homeowner’s policy isn’t going to cover the cost of cleaning up flood damage from outside water sources such as rising river water. That’s why it’s crucial you have a well-maintained and functioning basement sump pump!