Flood proof your home and contents from flood damage by sealing the house so that flood waters cannot flow or seep into your building’s structure. It is called “dry flood proofing,” and encompasses a variety of measures, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). They include:

According to FEMA, flood proofing is appropriate primarily for slab-on-grade buildings with concrete or solid masonry walls. Concrete and masonry are easier to seal, more resistant to flood damage, and stronger than other conventional construction materials.

The cost of flood proofing measures will vary with the size, condition, and use of a building; the dry flood proofing height; and the extent to which contractors and engineers are used.

Check with your local building inspector for applicable regulations concerning flood proofing.