No matter what time of year it is, there is always an opportunity for heavy rain or water to enter your home.
You can reduce the chance of a leaky roof, ice dam or a wet basement by following a few simple steps.
- Clear your eaves troughs: By cleaning out your eaves troughs a few times a year you can reduce the chance of them clogging and flooding over and showering down against your foundation.
- Check your downspouts: When you are out in the yard, checking your downspouts is always a good idea. Cut off any downspouts that do directly into the earth around your foundation. The best solution is to install an extension that directs the water away from your home and your foundation.
- Do you need a sump pump? If you live in an area that floods frequently or if you have experienced flooding in the past a sump pump may be a good idea. Check the pump often to ensure it is still functional. Some insurance companies also offer discounts for homes equipped with a sump pump or back flow valve.
- Check the grade of your property: You want to your yard and landscaping help you direct water away from your home, rather than collect it around vulnerable areas of your home. If you notice water puddling in certain areas, taking preventative measures can help reduce the chance of water damage later.
- Check your basement walls for cracks. Overtime, foundations may shift causing cracks that could allow water to enter your home. If you notice any cracks, speak to a professional who will be able to assess the damage, and take action to prevent any future damage
- Install a water alarm in your basement.Water alarms can be set up similar to a smoke detector or carbon monoxide detector, and some can even be synced to your smart home devices. When the device senses water, an alarm is sounded. Early detection can help minimize the damage and stop it before it spreads further.
These are just a few simple steps you can take to help reduce the chance of water entering your home.
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