Spring is a time of warm weather, rain, and ice melts. Its during this time of year that homeowners should be aware of the interior and exterior of their home so as to prevent flooding from spring weather. Here are some tips to follow to prevent flooding in the spring.
Snow should be removed from around the home with a shovel. This ensures that snow will melt and drain away from the home. Debris and other obstructions should be removed so that water can be carried away from the home.
Homeowners should check all drains inside and outside of their home. Flood drains should be free of debris. Floor drains within the home should be unobstructed as well. Roof drains should flow freely.
Gutters and Downspouts
If gutters and downspouts are clogged, then an overflow and flooding can occur. Debris, snow, and ice should be removed from gutters so that water can move away from the home.
Homeowners should keep their roofs clean and free of debris. Roofs should also be inspected by professionals to ensure that it is free of any damage and can keep the home protected from future storms.
Water and Flood Sensors
These sensors alert homeowners when unwanted water enters the home. These sensors would be best installed in homes that are prone to flooding.
Sump pumps are installed in basements of homes that are prone to flooding. Sump pumps work to protect the home by removing excess water around the homes foundation and transporting it outside. Sump pumps should be tested to make sure they are in proper working order. Homeowners should also make sure that their sump pump is free and clear of any debris.
If the home is prone to flooding, items in the flood prone zone should be elevated. Items that should be elevated onto shelves or other areas of the home are electronics and important documents.
Flood insurance is usually not included in a typical insurance policy. Homeowners in areas of flooding should purchase separate flood insurance to further protect their home.
Following the tips above should help prevent damage from thawing snow and spring rains. Homeowners should keep an eye on thawing snow around their home and any spot where water can enter the home.
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