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How To Avoid Flooding

March 24 2014

Despite those six-foot mounds of snow piled just about everywhere, we are told the flood risk is below or near normal in most areas.

I can't help but think, and it must be on most of your minds, all this white fluffy stuff will have to melt somewhere as spring winds roll in and the sun begins to warm our days.

As they say, “an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure”. Therefore it might be better to be proactive than reactive.

Here are a few tips to keep in mind, incase their flooding prediction is wrong:

1. Assure the grading runs water way from your house

2. Grading must not be above the top of the foundation wall!

3. Check sump pumps to see if they’re working properly (perhaps a backup in case of power failure?)

4. Downspouts properly fitted directed at least 6 feet away from home (if possible)

5. Remove snow build-up around the perimeter of the home

6. Clear any blocked drains in window wells

7. Watch for icicles at the eaves as this is a tell-tale sign of potential ice damming

8. Repair any cracks in your home’s foundation. (now possibly with epoxy injection?)

9. Clear your eaves troughs of debris, ice and snow build-up

10. Keep valuables off the basement floor (in case of flooding)