Do you live in a flood-prone area? There are many beautiful locations in Maryland that are also prone to flooding, but this shouldn’t drive you away from constructing a home. There are great additions you can add that will significantly increase your flood protection without risking your home. When you are planning a flood-proof custom home, consider the following aspects that will assist you in keeping your home beautiful for years to come.
Consider Dry Floodproofing
Dry floodproofing is when you seal off windows and doors. You will need to add parts to your home that will protect it from flooding in every sense. Other solutions also include keeping your home dry and free of damage. For instance, use a sealant or a waterproof membrane to create a flood-proof custom home.
Protect Your HVAC System
Although it’s common practice to keep your HVAC system on the lowest level of the home, this can be problematic if there is a flood. An easy solution is elevating the system. You may build platforms for them on the side of your home or move them to higher ground. When you protect your HVAC from potential flooding, your home will remain dry and warm.
Protecting your flood-proof custom home is another excellent technique. You may encounter plants that absorb a substantial amount of water to protect you while your backyard flourishes. Also, you may install flood walls in particularly flood-prone areas. Instead of using asphalt or concrete for your driveways and pathways, consider a flood-proof alternative. This alternative will enable water to pass through harmlessly into the soil rather than collect on your pavement.
Retaining walls can also effectively moderate flooding by sustaining soil in place and preventing erosion. Depending on your project’s budget and the severity of flooding in your area, you might consider this option. Contact Robin Ford Building for any questions or guidance at 410-239-8850!
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