Spring Is Coming, so Is Flooding

  • Seal cracks or openings in walls, floors, windows and foundations
  • Clear gutters and downspouts of leaves and other debris that prevent proper drainage
  • Make sure your disconnected downspouts are draining properly, ideally six and a half feet from your foundation’s walls
  • Ensure the grading around your home slopes away from the foundation wall to help drain water away from your home
  • Repair/replace damaged roof tiles
  • Clear debris from roadside and grates to help water enter the sewer and street
  • Ensure that your plumbing is in good working condition
  • Ensure the proper and regular maintenance of basement flooding devices in your home
  • Consider installing shelves to help keep items off the floor in your basement. Also, avoid keeping valuables or important documents in the basement. If you do, keep them in a watertight/water-resistant container.
  • Avoid carpet in the basement, which retains water and is harder to clean up.
  • Install a sump pump. An automatic sump pump should help keep water leakage normal amounts of rainfall from building up in the basement.