As a property owner, those are some things that need thinking about. Not worry about, but think about. There are steps to minimize, if not prevent damage from water finding its way into your home or business. Here are a few tips you should find helpful. It’s better to think about these risks now, not when in the middle of a two- day down pour and the basement is leaking.
- It may seem obvious, but how’s your flood and water damage insurance? What’s covered can get pretty specific, so it may be a good idea to go over your policy with your agent.
- Check your sump pump if you have one. In fact, make it an annual routine check, just like checking your furnace before winter. If you don’t have one, and you live in an area where wet basements can be a problem, looking into having one installed may save you a lot of headaches later.
- Speaking of sump pumps, consider having a battery back-up. Summer storms are often accompanied by power outages. Some can last for days.
- Clean your gutters and downspouts every spring. Maybe more depending on the type of trees around your house. It can be a really smelly job, but you’d be amazed how much water gutters can direct away from your house.
- Make sure your landscaping slants away from your house. Ideally, it should drop an inch for three feet or so. Over time, the soil around your home can settle. Remember, water runs down hill.
- Seal cracks in your basement floor and seal the concrete with a good waterproof sealer.
- Install covers over basement window wells.
- If it’s a heavy snow year, remove snow three to five feet away from your foundation. When it melts and the ground thaws, it flows down.
Those are some things you can do for regular prevention and maintenance. But sometimes no matter how valiant efforts may be, your property may take on water anyway. There’s no need to panic and head for the hills. There are still some things that can be done to minimize damage. Fortunately, there is usually ample warning to take a few precautions if you’re paying attention to local weather and weather alerts.