As spring approaches, the threat of water damage gets higher and many people unfortunately experience water damage in their homes. Basements are much more likely to get flooded with spring runoff surrounding the foundation of houses. Water damage in your home can sometimes be unavoidable but there are a few things you can do to lessen the chances of your possessions becoming waterlogged.
1. Test your sump pump to see if it’s working:
First, make sure there is no debris clogging the outside pipe. Then attach the hose that pumps the water away from your home.
Next, unplug your sump and wait for at least 30 seconds, and plug it back in.
Then, remove the cover of the sump basin in and pour enough water in to lift the float. If your sump does not turn on when the float is lifted, it needs to be replaced.
2. Inspect your shingles and roof for damage so that water cannot get into your celiling.
3. Direct your downspouts at least 5-10’ away from your house.
4. Keep your outdoor storm sewer grates clean – make sure they are not covered by ice, debris, snow or garbage.
5. Clear your gutters of any debris – if water can’t flow through them it will spill over the sides and land near your foundation.
If you want to keep your eyes open for water damage around your home, here are some things to look for.
- In the spring or summer, build up the landscaping around your foundation to enable water to slope away from your home.
- Watch for bubbling paint and water stains in your home.
- Use your senses to do a weekly check: feel the basement walls for dampness, sniff the sir for moldy smells and listen for unusual sounds like dripping.