Water damage and home flooding can happen during any time of the year, but some seasons warrant homeowners to take extra precautions. Springtime brings milder and wetter weather to Maryland. Whether you know your neighborhood is prone to floods in the past or not, it doesn’t hurt to add these tasks to your spring cleaning chores to prevent a home flooding disaster.
Clean the Gutters
Springtime floods happen due to three main reasons. The first is more rain. While you should have cleared your gutters in the fall, be sure to check that your gutters are sufficiently clean to direct the rainwater down and away from your home. Make sure there isn’t any debris or ice stuck in your gutters or downspouts.
Ensure Yard Drainage
The second common cause of home flooding in the spring is the thawing snow and ice, plus rainwater collecting in your yard. Poor yard drainage means pools of water stay on your property, and can seep into cracks of your home foundation. A couple of adjustments with downspout placements or some landscaping work can help drain water away.
Inspect and Fix Home Foundation
Lastly, the third reason is cracked or rundown home foundations that are letting flood water into your home in the first place. Regularly inspecting the outside and inside of your home foundation can let you make repairs before damage occurs. Small cracks can be fixed on your own with a concrete patch or other sealants, but it’s best to consult with a professional to ensure you haven’t missed any necessary repairs.
Clean Out Clogged Drains
Check to see that all drains, especially your basement floor drains, are working properly. If you notice stopped or slow drainage, this could spell trouble down the line. Take the appropriate measures to clean and unblock clogged drains. This may help you reduce damage if you find yourself in a home flooding situation.
Use Backflow Prevention
Aside from the damaging amounts of water in a flooding situation, it’s dangerous when the flood water comes from a contaminated source like the sewers. Installing a backflow or water back-up prevention system can prevent sewer and storm drain water from creeping up the pipes into your home.
Test Your Sump Pump
Your sump pump can be the first line of defense against a home flooding scenario. Therefore, this critical equipment should be regularly maintained and tested. Check to see that the sump pump is working, and consider installing a backup generator for it if you haven’t already. When neighborhoods flood, the power can go out. You won’t need to worry about your sump pump failing on you if it has a reliable supply of electricity.
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