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Flood barriers can be used to help reduce the amount of damage your home takes when in there is a flood. They can be used to offer a level of protection from water damage and can assist in keeping the water from entering your home. Many of these flood mitigation can be assembled very quickly and can be put into place when they are needed.
Doors are the weakest part of your home when defending against floods. You have many choices you can make for your doors and the barriers can be permanent or removable. You should take into consideration your physical ability, the time it would take for you to put them in place, and your flood risk when choosing the type of protection best for you.
One of the ways in which you can keep water out is with waterproof doors. You can choose to have a door that has an inflatable gasket around it that can be pumped up by hand or with an air compressor. These tend to cover the whole side of the door and can still allow it to close properly. You can also buy a door that is made as watertight and offers no adjustable gasket to it.
They also have a form of a fence that is placed on the outside of the door. These can have the frame permanently fixed, so you can use these quickly at any time or you may decide to have one that is not. These will only come up a little past the general flood line, and will not cover the whole door. They also come in many different widths, so any door can be covered.
You may also want to use one of the removable barriers for your garage. These are installed exactly the same as they are onto any other door and may not be something you think about. You may also want to protect walkways and patios from damage as well, and there are barriers and frames that can be independent of any other fixture that is available for these.
For the windows, you can use glass flood barriers. These replace the windows with a flexible glass that will not shatter under the pressure from floodwalls. They are designed to have some seepage with them, for safety, and therefore are not watertight.
If you are able to afford it, and have the time, aluminum barriers can be a great option. These are plates of metal that have been welded to a frame and then are assembled around the house to give the most coverage and protection to the house. Many people do find the cost to be out of their reach, and they are not easy to install.