April Showers bring May Flowers, but all that rain and spring thaw can bring something much less beautiful than flowers – basement flooding. If you have a basement, you are at increased risk for water damage during the spring months. Fortunately, you can keep your basement safe and dry by assuring that your home is prepared. To keep you on track, consider a few of our spring best practices for preparing your basement for wet weather.
Clear your gutters and drains
During your spring home maintenance, take time to clear out your gutters and drains. A clogged drain or gutter can cause water to run off into places that can cause basement flooding. Safely get on your ladder to assure that allof your gutters are free from debris that can accumulate during the winter months. After your gutters are clear, double check any drains on your basement floor or outside of your home.
If you aren’t sure where your drains are, or if you are unsuccessful clearing your drain, call a plumber to give you the help you need. It is better to get the consultation you need now, before you face any crisis flooding.
Check your sump pump
Your sump pump is the most important part of your flood prevention plan. If your pump hasn’t been working effectively over our warmer winter, it is time to get it replaced or repaired before spring rains begin to fall. Sump pumps need regular maintenance from a plumber every few years to assure that they are working as effectively as possible. It is imperative to get this maintenance so that you don’t pay the price later.
If it is time for a new sump pump, be sure you are purchasing a pump that will save you money and the threat of flooding. Our new Pro Series pumps are an excellent choice for any home. Beyond being energy efficient, these pumps have a great warranty and are built to last. You can also control your sump pump from an app on your phone, making you feel less worried when you are away from your home when a huge storm hits.
Watch for pooling water
Finally, as you walk the exterior of your home, look for pooling water. These unexpected spots on your lawn or near the foundation of your home can be clues to where water problems could occur later on. Call us for a consultation, based on your concerns and our expertise, so that we can give you a plan for avoiding major water damage this spring and summer.
Happy spring! Here’s to keeping your garden growing and your basement dry.