It’s so nice to see that spring is finally here, with its beautiful flowers and bright sunny days. Everyone has been looking forward to the warmer days but forgetting that this beautiful season also brings with it some nasty weather.
Heavy rain and melting snow are the absolute worst effects of spring as thousands of homes are affected by spring flooding in various ways. Whether the water flows into their foundation from poor elevation, water spilling from over the gutters, or old roof materials absorbing water from heavy rains, these are major problems that must be addressed by a water damage restoration professional.
While water damage is the most common disaster, due to the amount of potential sources, there are ways to protect your home this spring from flooding. Doing so can also prevent mold growth, which will save a big headache in the future.
So let’s dive into how you can protect your home from flooding this spring.
Check your sump pump
You should know that the room with the sump pump will be the first to flood, so it’s best to keep all valuable belongings from this area. Every time it rains, always check your sump pump and ensure it is working property.
You can also check it without having to wait for rain by removing the lid and filling it with a five-gallon bucket of water. It should turn on automatically and begin pumping the water. But if not, be sure to call a plumber before the next time it rains!
Many homeowners also have a backup sump pump that can be a lifesaver in case the primary pump fails. This is highly recommended.
Channel Rainwater Away from the Home with Gutters
The primary purpose of the gutters and downspouts is to keep water from pooling into your home when it flows off the roof. But they often can become blocked by debris including sticks, leaves and dirt that can prevent them from working properly.
Before the next time it rains, inspect them carefully and remove all debris from the gutters and downspouts. You can also poor a bucket of water down the downspout to remove any ice blockages.
But if you feel uncomfortable climbing on a ladder to clean the gutters, you can always hire a professional.
Clear Basement Drains
If you have any drains in an exterior stairwell or others outside of the basement, make sure they are kept clear of leaves and other debris. If they are covered, water will pool around them and seep into the basement below.
Also be aware of basement drains and not to cover them with a rug. If water does enter your basement, it should be able to drain freely through the basement drain.
Clean Out Window Wells
Remove any leaves, dirt, rocks and sticks from below-grade windows that might have built up during the winter. If you don’t, water can pool within the well and seep into your home. You can use window covers and grates, which are a great addition to your home, but you’ll also need to keep them free of debris.
Seal Foundation Cracks
One of the primary ways water seeps into the home is through foundation cracks, which develop during winter when freezing temperatures freeze the cement building material. You can seal the cracks with some epoxy sealer from your local hardware store. Be sure to carefully check your home’s foundation and fill in the cracks as water will always find a way in.
Slope the Yard Away from the Home
Your home should always sit on top of a sloped yard to prevent water from seeping into your foundation. If not, you may need to add some dirt around your home and pack it in to allow water to flow away from your home and into the storm drain on the street.
Inspect Your Home for Pooled Water
The steps you’re taking above are great for keeping water away from your home, but often water damage is hidden, and you may not see the source right away. So, you’ll want to inspect your home’s foundation carefully to ensure there are no other signs of water pooling or seeping into any cracks.
Hire a Home Inspector
If you are still worried about the possible flooding that comes with spring, bringing in a home inspector to provide their professional opinion can give you some peace of mind. As they have the trained eye to identify problem areas and how to fix them, they can help you prevent disastrous flooding and save thousands of dollars and days of stress after a heavy rainstorm.
Flood Restoration Services
Just as there are many ways to prevent floodwater from entering your home, there is no one solution that will prevent it from occurring entirely. Home inspectors can miss problem areas and there may be hidden damage that nobody finds until a heavy rainstorm hits and damages your home. As these situations cannot be completely prevented, calling a professional water damage restoration company can help.
For those living in the Azusa, CA area, ServiceMaster by T.A. Russell is available 24/7 to respond to homes and buildings affected by spring flooding with water damage restoration services. Whether the damage was caused by a storm, roof leak or even faulty plumbing, our technicians can restore your building structure and items to a like-new condition.
Removing all excess water and moisture from the affected materials and air spaces, we will prevent the damage from spreading as well as mold growth, which can make the problem much worse over time.
We can also disinfect the area if the water was contaminated by sewage waste, such as in the case of a backup. Our odor removal service can also remove any remaining musty odors after repairing the damaged building structure and removing mold growth.
Following the water restoration service, we will work with your insurance adjuster during the claims process for additional peace of mind.
Don’t hesitate to contact ServiceMaster by T.A. Russell in the Azusa, CA area for emergency water damage restoration services in the event spring flooding has damaged your home.