Every spring Utah is affected by flooding to some degree. Mother Nature and our spring weather will decide how much flooding we have this year but there are things that can be done to be ready and to lessen the impact. Here are some tips to avoid flood damage to your home.
GUTTERS: About 2,500 gallons of water will come from a 1,000 square foot roof with one foot of snow depth across the roof. This much water can cause problems if allowed to drain next to the house. Make sure your gutters are clean, free of leaks, and can carry water at least 10 feet from your foundation.
WET BASEMENT: Snow melt water can cause a wet basement if allowed to run down along the basement wall. If the ground is sloped 1 inch per foot near the house, moving the snow just 3-5 feet from the home will reduce problems.
IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS: Keep your most important documents and photos in water proof containers and keep them somewhere they will be accessible at all times.
HAVE A PLAN: Finally, always have a plan in place, so if your home does flood, everyone will know where to go and who to contact.
Here are some great links from the State of Utah on flooding risks and management.