Tips for Preventing Spring Flooding and Water Damage

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Spring is finally here! While this is so exciting, there are also some dangers that come with springtime. One of the major risks is spring flooding from rapid snowmelt. We also have to worry about the never-ending rain that seems to come with early spring. Here are some tips to follow to prevent damages from spring flooding to affecting your house.

Check Gutters and Downspouts

Debris such as leaves, sticks, and dirt often get trapped in your gutters and blocks water from draining properly. If there is build up in your gutters, be sure to clear them out as it will prevent water from seeping into attics, walls, and your foundation. It might be necessary to add downspout extensions to ensure the water will drain at least three feet from your house’s foundation to avoid seepage.

Inspect Foundation for Cracks

Water will get into your foundation easier if there are cracks. When you walk around your house, it is important to pinpoint the cracks and fill them with a concrete patch. If you notice a bigger concern, such as larger cracks, then you should bring in the professionals. It is important to repair the foundation in a way that will act as a waterproof barrier between the interior and exterior.

Install and Maintain Sump Pumps

Installing sump pumps will send water away from the home in areas such as the basement lower rooms that flood easier. If you don’t already have a sump pump installed, considered purchasing one or getting a portable version for installation during the wet season. If you already have a one, be sure that you are inspecting it to ensure it is working correctly and clear of debris.

Cover Window Wells

Installing a window well in your basement windows will allow natural light to shine through and will prevent melting snow and rain from making its way into your home. Also, you want to add window well covers that act as a storm door for your basement windows and add extra protection.

Home Inspection

Asking a skilled professional to investigate your home to find any specific vulnerabilities where water damage can occur. Sometimes it’s more difficult for you to find an issue in your home, so by having someone trained to look for issues such as water damage and flooding, you will be able better to protect your home.

Get the Right Insurance

Whether you are renting, or you own your house, be sure that you have the correct insurance to protect your foundation and your personal property.

  • Homeowner Insurance: this specific policy will protect the structure of your home along with anything that is on your property such as a detached garage. The more money you put into your policy, the more you will be covered.
  • Renters Insurance: this policy protects your personal property in the home you don’t own. Although you are not required to purchase renters, this policy will only benefit you in the long run. If you do choose to buy this insurance here are a few of your personal property is covered from:
  • Theft
  • Vandalism
  • Smoke
  • Water damage
  • Fires
  • Windstorm or hail
  • Loss of use

Is your home prepared for this springs flooding? While you are preparing your house, be sure that you are also protecting it with insurance. Call the professionals at TJ Woods Insurance, and we will match you with the best insurance agents.