5 Tips to Design a Flood-Proof House

Anti Flood House Design PlanRainfall is currently increasing, and flooding may be unavoidable. By considering the following things when building a house, at least you are better prepared to face the consequences of flooding in your home.

1. Elevate your home
For those of you who live in areas prone to flood, you’d better elevate or raise the home structure above the base flood elevation. It means that the lowest floor of the house should be above the projected water levels. As a result, when the flood comes, the water does not get into the house.

2. Two story house
Building a house with two or more storeys will be better. When the flood comes, you can evacuate yourself and bring your valuables to higher places, which is upstairs.

What if you don’t have that much money to build rooms upstairs? Don’t worry. You don’t have to provide rooms with gorgeous interior designs. Simply create an enclosed space to accommodate your valuables and any equipment that might be damaged due to the flood.

3. Widen the stairwell
When the flood comes, you must move things upstairs in a rush. Therefore, wider stairs can facilitate this job, starting from moving small tools up to big furniture or electronic equipment.

4. Install switches and electrical outlets in a higher position
Water and electricity are indeed two conflicting elements that often cause short circuits when flood occurs. To avoid this, homes in flood prone areas should be installed with switches and electrical outlets in higher positions, which is about 1.2 meters to 1.5 meters above the surface of the floor. It is also intended to keep those items not damaged due to the flood. The placement of switches and outlets throughout the home might become a problem if not thought out well.

5. Pipelines
When the floods come, the water does not just come through the door of the house, but also through water pipelines, such as in the bathroom. For this reason, installing pipes which can be open and shut is more useful because it can prevent the water from getting into the house. It will also help to keep your home clean since the garbage cannot enter the house. You can also save your goods before the water actually floods your home.

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