We are at the peak of the 2020 hurricane season. Each storm brings the potential for heavy rainfall and localized street flooding. Factoring in poor drainage, higher than usual tides, and the full moon, we could once again see more flooding in the Keys.

What can you do to be better prepared? Keep your eye on the weather, for one thing. 2020 has provided a host of distractions for sure, but hurricane season isn’t over yet so don’t let your guard down. Short of elevating your home, there are dry floodproofing methods you can use to protect your property, and we’re sharing them here.

  1. Sandless Sandbags – There are several products on the market that are lightweight and storable and can be used around openings and even around appliances. These self-absorbing and self-activating sandbag alternatives soak in and hold water and expand to create a barrier keeping more water out. Some brands include Flood Sacks, New Pig, NPS Spill Control systems, to name a few.
  2. Clear storm drains – Debris can easily clog a storm drain leaving the water nowhere to go except towards your property.
  3. Clean gutters and turn downspouts away from your home.
  4. Install backflow valves in sanitary and storm sewer lines.
  5. Seal interior plumbing drains with silicone to prevent water from backing up into your home. The waterBOB serves two purposes: it blocks the tub drain from back-up water, and it serves as a clean water storage system.
  6. Elevate furniture – Something as simple as bed elevation blocks or concrete blocks can elevate your furniture keeping it dry if water enters your home.
  7. Protect your appliances – Elevate air conditioners, water heaters, washers, dryers, and other appliances with concrete blocks or create a barrier around them with sandless sandbags.
  8. Coat exterior walls with a waterproof sealer.
  9. Take photos and videos of your property – If you do receive damage, you’ll need an accurate inventory of your property. Both FEMA and the National Association of Insurance Commissioners have an app for that. The FEMA app includes weather updates also.
  10. Purchase flood insurance – Most people in Monroe County are very aware of their flood risk and do have flood insurance. If you don’t have it, get it. Even if you’re in a X Zone and insurance may not be required, a Preferred Risk Policy (PRP) is affordable and will protect you from having to pay out of pocket if you experience flood damage.

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