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How To Prevent Your Home From Flooding This Spring

How To Prevent Your Home From Flooding This Spring

After heavy rainfall, you may worry that the water will enter the house and destroy your precious home and belongings. Don’t let the springtime rain showers negatively impact you. Learn how you can prevent your home from flooding this spring.

Seal the Foundation, Windows, and Doors

The most common places water will leak through includes the home’s foundation, windows, and doors. If there are any cracks within these areas, your home is more likely to flood.

Fixing up the windows and doors is a much easier process than repairing a cracked foundation. Add weatherstripping or caulk around the areas to create a tight seal.

Most foundational issues require a professional. In some instances, you may be able to fill cracks using concrete patches. However, it’s best to have an inspection if you see any damages to fully prevent your home from flooding this spring.

Clear the Gutters

You might wonder why gutters are important. How do they impact whether a house floods or not?

When leaves, sticks, dirt, mold, and more linger in the gutters for extended periods, the gutters become full, and the water has nowhere to go. It’s crucial to clean them routinely to prevent any damage.

Grab a ladder, put on a pair of heavy-duty gloves, and use a gutter scoop to start clearing away the debris. Remember to conduct this maintenance every four months.

Check the Downspouts

Downspouts carry away the water collected in the gutters. If they’re also full of debris, the water will pool on the gutters. It can damage the gutters themselves and the quality of the roof.

When you’re clearing out the gutters, be sure to check the downspouts as well. You want the water to have a proper place to go when the spring rain arrives.

Install a Sump Pump

A sump pump is a system that detects and moves water away. Typically, professionals install it in the basement and outside of the house.

The sump pump detects rising water levels after a powerful rainfall. When the water reaches a high level, an automatic switch turns the pump on. Then, the system directs the water to the discharge pipe, keeping it away from the house.

Always ensure that the discharge pipe disposes of the water in a safe location. You don’t want to accidentally affect your property or your neighbors’ homes.

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