Keep Dry During April Showers

April showers may bring May flowers, but they also bring the risk of water damage to our homes and properties. Having plenty of experience with remediating flooding yards and leaky basements, we’ve put together a list of ways to make sure you stay dry this Spring.

Repair Cracks and Paint: Depending on where you live, the water table may be fairly high, leaving your basement vulnerable to water leaks. It’s important to paint your basement foundation walls with a waterproof coating. If you find any cracks or holes where water tends to get in, be sure to repair them properly when they are fully dry. 

 

Sump Pumps and French Drains: Most basements in our area come equipped with a water management system, such as a sump pump or a french drain. Systems like these are designed to catch any water that may enter the basement and reroute it elsewhere. These systems are tried and true. If regularly checked up on, they will function properly for years to come.

Keep Snow Away from the Foundation: Though we don’t expect to have another snow storm this season, these days, we never know. If we are unlucky enough to have another blizzard, be sure to keep snow away from your home's foundation, especially around the windows. This will help prevent the snow melt from entering the home.

 

Doors and Windows: Even our upper floors can become vulnerable to rain if they are neglected. Bad weatherstripping or old caulking can let water in during a windy storm. Ensure the seals around all points of entry to your home are installed properly. Extra precautions like awnings or window wells add a little more protection to help ease your mind. 

Roof, Gutters, and Downspouts: You may not know what kind of damage to look for on your roof, from the outside, but your attic will definitely let you know when something is really wrong. During a heavy rain storm is also the best time to inspect for any signs of water. But take a look outside (ideally not in the rain) and look for any damage or excessive wear and tear. Things like deteriorating, missing, loose or upturned shingles will let you know something isn’t right. Call in a professional if you aren’t sure. You’ll also want to make sure your gutters are clear of any debris. Rainwater needs an uninterrupted path to properly clear it away from your home. Be sure to position downspouts at least three feet away from your home, pointing in a direction away from you and your neighbors’ homes. 

 

Drywells: If you find your yard often floods due to rain, a dry well may be the right solution for you. Placed in the lowest point or points of your yard, water is captured into a tank underground. From there the water is dispersed back into the ground many feet below the surface. This keeps both your yard, gardens, and any structures from accumulating too much water that they may be damaged. This isn’t much of a DIY project however, so finding a professional is key.  

Insurance: While following all these tips should help keep your home dry this Spring, to be fully protected, make sure your insurance has adequate coverage for the type of water damage you might encounter. Most standard insurance policies cover water damage due to broken pipes and faulty water tanks but not due to external sources such as rain. If you are worried about the risks your home might face, please reach out and we can put you in touch with our trusted insurers.

 

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