7 Tips To Prevent Spring Flooding
7 tips to prevent spring flooding.
Clean your gutters and downspouts annually, and inspect them for any leaks. Make sure downspouts are positioned away from the foundation. The goal should be to drain the water at least three feet away, using extension pieces or troughs if necessary.
Inspect the grading around your house. If possible, walk around the house during a heavy rainstorm to ensure that water is not pooling at or near the foundation.
Windows and Doors
Remove debris from window wells, and consider clear acrylic covers that will allow light to enter while keeping debris, water, and pests out.
Septic Tank/Sewer Lines
Spring is a good time to have your septic tank cleaned or your sewer line inspected. Heavy rain can overflow sewers and septic systems, causing a back-up into your house.
Consider getting a back-up in case of power failure, either a generator or a battery operated back-up pump. A water alarm will alert you when water is accumulating in your basement.
Inspect the exterior foundation, as well as the floors and walls in your basement, for cracks. Depending on the size of the cracks, they may be easily repaired with masonry sealer or caulk. Larger cracks may require professional help. Keep all exterior walls of your home well painted and sealed.
Review your property insurance policy and consider additional coverage, especially if you have a finished basement. Usually homeowners insurance does not cover flooding or sewer backups unless additional coverage is written into the policy.