Spring is in the air. Those seasonal showers will soon be here. If you live in an area that experiences torrential rains during the spring, it's time to start getting your home ready for potential flooding. Not only can flooding make a mess of your yard, but it can also damage your home. If you have a basement, the damage can be even worse. To help prevent flood damage this spring, here are three simple projects you should add to your "to do" list.
Clean Your Rain Gutters
If you've got rain gutters on your house, they're your first line of defense against water damage. Your rain gutters keep water away from your front porch. However, when they're working properly, they do a lot more than that. They prevent water from collecting around the perimeter of your home. That is, if they're clean and adjusted properly.
Before the spring rains arrive, take a few minutes to clean and adjust your gutters. Remove any dirt and debris that might have collected over the fall and winter months. Flush the gutters with your garden hose, and make sure that the downspouts are pointed away from your home.
Add Some Extra Drainage
If rain water normally collects around the perimeter of your home, it's a good idea to add some extra drainage. French drains will collect the water and drain it away from your home. One of the benefits of a French drain is that the rain water isn't wasted. Instead, it's allowed to collect in a drain field somewhere in your yard, where it will have an opportunity to get absorbed into the soil.
Clean Your Sump Pump
If you have a basement, you need to make sure that your sump pump is cleaned before the rainy season arrives. Over time, calcium deposits and dirt can build up inside the pump. Once that happens, your sump pump won't be able to remove the water fast enough, should you experience a flood.
To clean your pump, use a shop vacuum to remove any standing water in the sump pit. Use a cloth to wipe away the sludge from around the pump. Fill a large bucket with water and add about a cup of vinegar. Place the pump in the bucket and turn it on. Allow the water to suction through the pump. The vinegar will loosen up the calcium deposits and clean your pump.
The rains are coming. Don't let water make a mess of things. Use the tips provided here to waterproof your home. For more helpful tips, contact a waterproofing contractor near you, such as Stan Young Drainage.Share