Spring is notorious for its unpredictable weather. The combination of heavy rains and rapid snow thaw can result in a severe home flooding. Here are vital tips to prepare your home for the spring thaw and prevent water damage:
Spring Thaw Water Damage Prevention Tips
- Get rid of snow from around your house using a shovel. By doing that, the snow that has already thawed will drain away from your home. Try to remove any objects that might get in the way of the water draining.
- Make sure that the ground around your house is sloped away from the building. This prevents pooling around your foundation.
- Ensure that there is no debris/ice buildup in your gutters and downspouts.
- If you live in an area with a high water table or if your home has a sump pump, invest in a water alarm and flood sensors. These alarms are armed with sensors, which will let you know if anything is out of order
- If it is precious- move it up! The more valuable items that are stored in your basement should be placed on higher shelves- in case of a flood, you will know that your treasured possessions are safe.
- If you must store items in your basement, make sure you use plastic storage bins instead of carboard boxes. Carboard will be of no help once the water breaches your contents.
- If you’ve gotten water in you basement in the past, you might consider a French drain and sump pump system. For more info on sump pumps, and how to test them, click here.
- Even when it is not required, make sure to buy flood insurance.
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Check out more tips to prevent home flooding in this article and how to prevent basement flooding here. For flood water damage repair and mold remediation service, contact your local PuroClean office.