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As the winter weather becomes more serious, we are reminded how dangerous winter storms and cold temperatures can be. We must keep our family safe We can do this by planning ahead. Especially when we are developing home remodeling plans.

6cfdb01b-6246-407e-93e4-c2fb0de5e61cConsider Family Safety in Remodeling Plans

Remember to consider disaster response and general well-being when developing remodeling plans for the basement. Prepare your for power outages and rising water. If you are prepared for the hazards of winter, you will be more likely to stay safe and healthy when temperatures start to fall.

As the DIYControls Blog states in Best Basement Flood Protection: Sump Pumps and “Early Warning” Devices

There are many reasons for a basement flood, including poor lot drainage, blocked gutters, clogged downspouts, and cracks in the basement floor and walls. Events like heavy rains or melting snow are common causes of a basement flood, but so are broken washing machine hoses and blocked sewage connections.

What’s the best way to protect your home from the costly damage of a wet basement?  You should start by making repairs inside and out to minimize your home’s vulnerability to flooding. If the water table around your home is high or your lot has poor drainage, you may need to install a floodproofing system that includes a sump pump.

basement egress

When planning a basement renovation, do not overlook the fact that your basement is the part of your home that is under ground, the same place that water resides. You can prepare your basement for the worst that nature has to offer. The best basement flood protection begins with repairing cracked basement walls, and installing a sump pump system to prevent water from collecting in the basement. Basement walls can be prepared with sealant to waterproof against seepage.


Stay Safe and Healthy

The CDC says in Be Prepared to Stay Safe and Healthy in Winter

The Although winter comes as no surprise, many of us are not ready for its arrival. If you are prepared for the hazards of winter, you will be more likely to stay safe and healthy when temperatures start to fall.

Basement Egress

The basement should always have an egress, a way to get out from the lower level. If there is no door access, then be sure that a window can easily open to the outside to provide an easy exit in the case of an emergency.

Should You Turn Your Basement into a Safe Room

A residential safe room is designed to protect you and your family from severe weather conditions such as extreme high winds, hurricanes and tornadoes. Most homes in the northeastern United States have a basement.

According to FEMA, a “safe room is a hardened structure specifically designed to meet the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) criteria and provide near-absolute protection in extreme weather events, including tornadoes and hurricanes. Near-absolute protection means that, based on our current knowledge of tornadoes and hurricanes, the occupants of a safe room built in accordance with FEMA guidance will have a very high probability of being protected from injury or death.”

Would you like more information about what it takes to build a safe room, read FEMA’s design and construction guidelines in FEMA P-320, Taking Shelter from the Storm: Building a Safe Room for Your Home or Small Business.

To learn more about building family safety into your basement renovation plans, contact residential construction experts at Veri Construction. We are an award-winning Certified NARI Remodeler, serving customers in New Jersey area.