There’s nothing quite like the sights, sounds, and scents of spring. Colorful buds determined to push through the once frozen ground, the sweet smell of blossoms on once bare trees, and people spending more time outdoors just soaking in the warmth.
Still, not all signs of spring are quite as welcoming. Take flooding and water damage, for example. The sound of water trickling from your clogged rain gutter, or the sight of a water stain on your ceiling, or even the musty smell of mold in your damp basement is all too common during the spring months. If you live in a home or neighborhood prone to basement flooding, following these few simple tips can help keep brighten your outlook on spring considerably:
- Be sure your gutters and downspouts allow rainwater to flow freely, away from your home. Twigs, leaves, and other debris could cause water to overflow and pool at your foundation.
- Search the exterior of your home’s foundation along with basement walls and floors for cracks; should you discover any, have them sealed properly to prevent water from entering your home.
- If your basement has windows, considering purchasing well covers as another blockade against rain.
- An over-burdened septic tank or sewer line could back up into your home, causing a messy and costly clean-up, so have your sewer line inspected before the heavy spring rains hit.
- Your roof is your home’s first defense against the elements, so make sure it’s in tip-top shape by replacing damaged or missing shingles right away.
- Sometimes, even the most tenacious preventive measures can’t stand up to what nature has in store, so make sure you fully understand your homeowner’s insurance policy should the need to file a claim arise.
Already have a sump pump? Well, did you know that should you suddenly lose power, your pump will stop working? But now you can beef up your home defenses with a back-up sump pump, one that will engage and start working as soon as the main pump shuts down, no matter what the reason. At Conway Services, we offer battery- and water-powered back-up sump pumps, and we’d be happy to explain the relative advantages of each type.