Floods cause tremendous amounts of home damage, so preventing the damage ahead of a flood's arrival is one of the most important preparations to make. What methods are available, and what would work best for your home? Take this quiz to find out.
Where do floods rank in terms of frequency among natural disasters that damage homes in the United States?
second most frequent
fifth most frequent
What term applies to an area that is highly prone to flooding?
In a 20-year floodplain, what is the probability that the area will flood in the year following a first flood?
About how much damage can an inch of floodwater cause in a house?
If major flooding is predicted for your area, which of these things should you do?
Turn off your house's water supply.
Move all of your large appliances out of the house.
Open upper story windows to ventilate and prevent mildew.
How can you easily see if your yard is graded effectively to prevent flooding?
look for puddles in your yard after a rainstorm
examine which parts have better grass growth
clear your roof's rain gutters
Ideally, how far from the house should rain spouts divert rain water?
How does dry flood proofing prevent water damage during a flood?
by preventing floodwaters from entering the house
by quickly drying the house, after the flood ends, to prevent most damage
by temporarily bricking up all windows
What is unique about wet flood proofing?
it allows water to enter the house
it only is useful for brick homes
it works for houses with concrete slab foundations
What does a sump pump do?
It gathers groundwater and moves it through pipes away from the house's foundation.
It quickly pumps any floodwater out of a basement.
It pumps the humidity out of a flooded house, leaving only dry air.