April Showers Bring May Flowers
This is a common phrase heard for many years, but as a homeowner, this phrase makes me think - “Is my sump pump still working?” No one wants to spend their Spring/Summer evenings hauling out wet contents from a flooded basement. Making that walk down the basement stairs to check that your sump pump is still working should be top priority. Melting snow and spring rains can lead to pooling water in your home. Addressing outside issues is a must for keeping a home dry, but there are also inside steps to take to avoid standing in ankle-deep water.
- Cracks in the foundation–even minor ones–make easy entry for water. Heavy-duty caulk can solve some small problems, but for bigger repairs, bring in a foundation specialist.
- Install a sump pump to remove water in your home, and inspect it regularly to make sure it’s working properly.
- Place outdoor clear plastic windows well covers over below-grade basement windows to let light in, but keep water out.
- If your home has a septic tank, be sure to check and clean it regularly to avoid problems during future rains.