Flood Water Damage
DIY Mold Prevention Tips
Here are several practical tips to minimize the possibilities of water
flooding and thus water and mold damage to your home:
1. If you are going away for the weekend or for a vacation or any other
prolonged absence from your home, turn off the water valve at your water
meter or well so that water cannot flood your home in a plumbing line break
or leak during your absence.
2. Periodically, turn off all water-using equipment/fixtures in your home
so that you can carefully watch your water meter to make sure that the usage
meter is not turning because of a hidden or unknown water leak.
3. Make sure that your outdoor lot grading takes water away from your
home and NOT toward your home.
4. Make sure that the drain lines from your roof gutters take the water
away from your home and NOT put the rainfall into the immediate ground next
to your home foundation and basement walls.
5. Have your roof carefully inspected at least once a year by a licensed
roof contractor or capable handyman looking for missing shingles, degraded
roof components, separation of the roof from chimneys and exhaust pipes,
6. If your house lot is at risk of flooding from a higher neighboring
property, build on your lot lines a solid wall masonry fence [hollow block
construction with cement surface finishing] on the vulnerable boundaries of
7. Use a hidden moisture meter from time to time to scan all floors,
walls, and ceilings for hidden moisture/water problems [such as from roof
leaks, siding leaks, or plumbing leaks].
8. Make sure that the condensation line from your roof-mounted air
conditioning unit is not cloggested [and thus allowing the backup of
condensate water into your home because of the clogged line].
OSHA's report on Natural Disaster Recovery:
Fungi & Flood.