We all know the saying: “April Showers Bring May Flowers.” But sometimes, April showers bring significant water intrusion to basements through cracks in the foundation, sump pump backups, or sewer backups. Water intrusion may start slowly and seep into your basement un-noticed affecting drywall, flooring and stored items.
We suggest that you routinely inspect your basement during heavy rainfall to check for common signs of moisture. It’s important to properly assess water damage and even consider hiring a professional to inspect any damage. We’ve provided some tips on how you can prepare and protect your home from flooding this spring.
How to Prepare for Spring Rains
Routine Check for Leaks
We encourage you to get in the habit of routinely checking around all doors and windows for potential leaks. Inspect your foundation to see if you can find any cracks that may allow water to seep in or signs of mineral deposits or staining. If you do see cracks or signs of leaks, try to find the source of the water intrusion and get it corrected before mold has time to grow.
Tip: During the next heavy rain, grab your rain gear and get outside. Do you see water flowing or pooling anywhere near the foundation? If so, repair the source of the issue ASAP to prevent foundation damage. You may need to call in a professional landscaper or contractor to help remedy the issue.
Install a Sump Pump & Be Sure to Check It!
A sump pump helps relieve the water pressure around your foundation and keep water from entering your basement. The pump is equipped with a float or sensor that detects rising water levels. When levels get too high, the pump will automatically remove excess water out & away from your home’s foundation using a discharge line.
Tip: How To Check If Your Sump Pump Is Working Properly
Spring Clean Your Gutters & Downspouts
It's common for leaves, branches or other debris to collect in your gutters and downspouts resulting in water leaks next to your foundation. Inspect these items at least twice per year as gutter and downspout leaks often result in foundation settlement and cracking.
Tip: Make sure downspouts discharging above ground are directing water away from the foundation at least 6-10 ft.
Inspect Your Roof
It’s important to keep your roof in good condition and clear of leaves or branches. When leaves pile up on the roof, they will gradually wear down the shingles as the organic material decays. If you have shingles missing or any sort of damage to your roof, melting snow and rain can cause leaks. Call a local roofing company to inspect if you suspect any damage to your roof.
CAI Home Inspection & Engineering is an Ohio based company that employs licensed home inspectors and structural engineers.
We offer standard home inspections as well as additional specialized services such as radon testing, sewer scopes, mold testing, thermal imaging and more.
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