This time of the year it all starts: The melt, the rains and the flooding.
If you are wanting to protect yourself from basement flooding this spring, here are a few tips.
Gutters – Many people don’t know that gutters can be installed year round. If your home does not currently have gutters, this could be a great time to consider it. Gutters are also a reasonably inexpensive investment to protect your home from damage and protect your family and visitors from injury if they were to slip on ice or water in front of your home.
Gutters can also be a nice DIY project. These days, there are many great tutorials online (even videos) that can guide a handy homeowner through the process of proper and safe installation.
Downspouts – Continuing on the gutter theme, if your home does currently have a gutter system you should check your downspouts. If your downspouts end at the base of your house it can actually create more problems by concentrating the water into large pools, close to your foundation.
One solution to this is to add some extensions to your downspouts that carry the water at least 10 feet away from your home’s foundation. This will usually do a nice job of keeping excessive water from infiltrating your home… unless of course you have a grading issue.
Grading issues – If your home tends to flood year after year, you may likely have a grading problem and this is best addressed by a professional. It may require adding or removing some dirt from your property to make sure that your yard is graded away from your home. This, of course, is hard to do in the spring for various differently reasons. It’s not something that will help you this year but it is something worth investing in.
When homes are placed for sale, one key item that buyers are watching for is whether or not the home has ever flooded. Even currently dry basements that have signs of flooding can make an interested buyer be wary of mold and other water related issues. If your home has flooded in the past, providing potential buyers with proof that you have addressed the problem to prevent future flooding will go a long way to calming their fears.
Call in the professionals – It’s never fun to think about calling a professional because it will surely carry a price tag when the work is done. Keep in mind that any money spent on a water problem is money saved, both in future damage to your home and in the resale value when it’s time to move.
Most professionals are also bonded so if they provide a service to you and you still have a problem, there is an extra layer of accountability for the problem. It’s good to make sure any contractor is licensed and bonded and be sure to check references.
Save your receipts – Any time you do something to your home that makes it more appealing for a potential future buyer, you should keep a good record of it and make sure your agent is aware of the improvements and your good record keeping. This can also send a powerful message to a potential buyer that you have been diligent about protecting your home and that you taken very good care during your time as owner.
There are many more steps that can be taken to help prevent spring flooding but we hope these will be helpful to you.