Ten Tips to Prevent
Flooding of Your Texas Home or Business
mold expert Phillip Fry, June 4, 2012
Water flooding of
your Texas home or business can cause severe water damage. Flooding can also
result in massive mold growth inside of, and on, the walls, ceilings,
floors, basement, crawl space, attic, and the heating/cooling equipment and
ducts of your Texas house, condominium, workplace, or other building.
Here are ten tips
to help minimize the possibilities of water flooding, and thus to help
prevent water and mold damage to your home or business, according to Phillip
Fry, Certified Environmental Hygienist, Certified Mold Inspector and
Certified Mold Remediator, and author of the book
Do-It-Best-Yourself Mold Prevention, Inspection, Testing, and
1. If you are
going to be away from your home or business for the weekend, a vacation, or
any other prolonged absence, turn off the water inlet valve at your outside
water meter or water well so that water cannot flood your home through a
plumbing line break or leak that develops during your absence.
2. Periodically, turn off all water-using equipment/fixtures in
your home or business so that you can carefully watch your water meter usage
dial for an hour or so to make sure that the water meter is not turning
because of water flowing in a hidden or unknown water leak.
3. Make sure that your outdoor lot grading takes water away from
your home or business and NOT toward your home.
4. Make sure that the drain lines from your roof gutters take the
water away from your home or business and NOT put the rainfall into the
ground around your home foundation and basement walls.
5. Have your roof carefully inspected at least once a year by a
licensed roof contractor or a capable handyman who should check the roof
thoroughly for missing shingles, degraded roof components, separation of the
roof from chimneys and exhaust pipes, and other roof problems.
6. If your house or commercial lot is at risk of flooding from a
higher neighboring property, build on your lot lines a solid wall masonry
fence [hollow block construction with cement surface finishing containing
adequate amounts of waterproofing compound] on such water-vulnerable
boundaries of your property.
7. Use a hidden moisture meter from time to time to scan all
floors, walls, and ceilings for hidden moisture/water problems [such as from
roof leaks, siding leaks, or plumbing leaks].
8. Make sure that the condensation drain line from your
roof-mounted air conditioning unit is not clogged [and thus allowing the
backup of condensate water into your home or business because of the clogged
9. Be ever
vigilant for warning signs of an impending water flood problem---such as
water stains and mold growth on ceilings and walls, the underside of attic
roof sheathing, and mold water pooling, water dripping, water leaks, or mold
growth anywhere inside your home or business.
10. Where possible, do not install water-using items such as solar
collection panels, air conditioning units, and hot water heaters on your
home or business roof or inside the attic. If you already have such items
installed in such locations, remove and then reinstall them in less-risky
areas [such as over your garage, covered patio or porch, or workshop---or on