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April Showers Bring May Flowers.... and Basement Leaks!

April 29th, 2016 12:06 PM by Mary Ellen Hornung

What a beautiful time of year!  Snow is finally melting, plants are flourishing and radiating with color, and the birds are singin' that spring time song.  But, it's not all roses.  Spring time may bring water leaks and drainage nightmares!

Here are some great tips to make sure your home is ready for spring!

Check your sump pump.
Get into the habit of frequently checking your sump pump. Most people don’t realize their sump pump failed, until there are a few inches of water in the basement. Periodically lift the float and ensure the float adjusts freely and turns the pump on. Make sure that lime and calcium build-up isn’t preventing the float from moving. If you’re unsure of when the last time you replaced the sump pump was, it might be time for an update. Replacing your sump pump can save you thousands of dollars and provide some peace-of-mind!

Look for standing water outside.

Walk around the perimeter of your home and search for standing water and unusually wet ground. This is sign there is a soon-to-be problem. Standing water has to go somewhere, you don’t want it in your basement. Make sure the ground around your home slopes away from the house. If it does and you still see standing water, consider calling a professional to examine your drainage system.

Clear gutters and downspouts.

Over the fall and winter, leaves and other debris can clog gutters and downspouts. Examine all the gutters and spouts on your house to ensure they drain properly. Also be sure that downspouts are either tied into your drainage system or empty far enough away from your home. If your downspout empties right next to your home, you’re asking for water problems.

Consider foundation waterproofing.

If you’re battling a damp basement with mold or mildew, it may be time to consider foundation waterproofing and a more effective drainage system. This will help pull water away from your foundation and ensure it doesn’t seep into your basement to cause a whole host of issues.

The best thing you can do is be prepared.  If you are worried about leaks or drainage problems in your home, give The MelanieCooperTeam a call! We would be happy to refer you to a Qualified Professional.

The MelanieCooperTeam
54 The Legends Parkway, Suite 156
Eureka, MO 63025
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Posted by Mary Ellen Hornung on April 29th, 2016 12:06 PM


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