Over 15 million homes are in flood zones. The number is increasing nearly every year as research expands areas and add new flood zones to the maps. While recent research suggests FEMA’s flood zone map is incorrect, it is adjusting and what most homeowner insurance companies follow.
Being in a flood zone can be risky. However, millions of Americans live in a flood zone unknowingly. United Water Restoration Group, a company that focuses on water, fire, mold, and flood damage would like to discuss your home’s risk of being in a flood zone. You may be wondering if your home is in a flood zone, while FEMA’s zone map may show your area, research is showing their map may not include up to 70% of people in a flood zone.
Am I in a Flood Zone?
The first thing to do if you’re wondering about your home’s risk for flood damage, check out FEMA’s flood zone map here. Many assume their home is outside of a zone as long as they avoid living near the coast, rivers, and large bodies of water.
While some may assume flooding damage can only occur from natural disasters like high category hurricanes, it can happen from events like a burst pipe or an intense storm. The reality behind flood damage and being in a risk zone is that nearly everyone is at risk.
Though the national average is 1 in 20 homes, states like West Virginia and Florida have s 1 in 4 risk of being in a flood zone. No state is immune from flood damage, while states like Arizona and Nevada are decreased risk states, around 3%, homes still have proven risk.
When assessing your home’s flood likelihood, keep in mind that even a few inches of rain can cause disastrous effects. How close are you to a large body of water? Lakes, rivers, and ravines pull of a risk of being in a flooded zone. Being located even a few miles from the coast can place your home at risk as well.
Preventing Flood Damage
If you are potentially in one of these zones, all you can do is prepare for the worst-case scenario. Stock up on items such as sandbags to seal gaps between doors and outside. Be sure to regularly clean gutters and drain pipes to ensure proper flow and to prevent build-up.
You can also install a water pump and flood detection sensors to ensure your home is fully protected. Improving grading and drainage around your home and yard will also help drastically. If you are expecting a major storm, avoid watering your lawn as the water in the soil can build up and cause flooding.
If you are experiencing a flood at your home, United Water Restoration Group technicians can assist. Contact our emergency hotline at (800) 430-5838 to directly speak to a technician in a matter of minutes. Our technicians are trained in up-to-date practices that will help your home return to a state of normalcy!