Things You Can Do to Prevent Floods That You Don’t Need a Plumber for

Things You Can Do to Prevent Floods That You Don’t Need a Plumber for

We constantly remind our clients that we can help them prevent their homes from flooding by checking and/or installing sump pumps and battery back-up pumps, and by performing preventative maintenance on their sewer lines.

But there are several easy and inexpensive (and maybe even free) things you can do to prevent flooding. Here are a few.

Gutters

If your gutters clog, the water can pool around your home and find its way in. So make sure your gutters are free of leaves and other debris. Even if you have gutter guards, you should clean the gutters at least twice a year.

Downspouts

Use extenders to divert the water at least 10 feet away from the foundation, preferably onto an area that is sloped away from the home. Check these occasionally to make sure they are clear of leaves and other debris.

A Passing Grade

Grading the ground around your house can help rainwater flow away from the house. We would suggest a slope of six inches extending about 10 feet from your home.

Window Well Covers

Window wells can attract water and leaves (and even unwanted pests), creating the potential for water to enter the home through them. Installing window well covers can prevent flooding (and keep your home pest-free).

Foundation Cracks

Even if you do all of the above, water will still find a way into your basement if there are cracks in the foundation. You can apply waterproofing sealants to the basement walls and floor. But you might also want to have a professional check, especially if you live in an older home.

Flood Insurance

Flood insurance won’t help prevent a flood, but it can help ease the financial burden if your house does flood and experiences heavy damage.

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