Spring’s sunshine and warmer temperatures quickly melt piles of snow and ice, which is great but…where does all that water go? It goes down the path of least resistance, which is why it’s important to inspect your downspouts, window wells, basement, garage, and sump pump to prevent melting ice and snow from entering your home.
Our reinsurance company Grinnell Re has information to help keep melting snow out of your basement.
- Check your downspouts
Where do your downspouts drain? If they drain just beyond the foundation wall, consider purchasing some extensions so they drain 5 to 6 feet away from your home’s foundation instead of saturating the soil near the house or entering window wells and cracks. Also check the downspout for clogs that may prevent water from flowing through the spout.
- Look at the foundation
Where do utility lines enter the foundation? Make certain all entry points are properly sealed with caulk. Also check for cracks on the wall and floor where water may seep into the basement.
- Seal window wells
Consider installing tightly sealed covers over window wells so water doesn’t accumulate in the window well. The perimeter of those windows should be tightly caulked and sealed. Do not seal basement windows used as emergency egress points.
- Check your garage door
Make sure the garage door closes tightly against the concrete floor of the garage. Are the seals around the door and at the bottom in good condition? Look for cracking or dry rot. That’s a good indication that the seals should be replaced.
- Grade your soil
To prevent basement and garage flooding next spring, place soil around your home’s foundation this summer. Properly grading the soil will help to divert water from the foundation.
IF WATER ENTERS YOUR GARAGE OR BASEMENT
In spite of your efforts to caulk cracks and replace door seals, you may still have water enter your garage or basement. The best way to prevent that water from damaging your home is to have a sump pump in good working condition.
Test the pump before you need it to make sure the battery backup is fully charged.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Contact Forward Mutual if you have questions regarding water prevention or damage. Also follow Grinnell’s Front Porch blog for more great information on keeping your home and your family safe (and dry).