The snow has (finally!) melted, and the spring rains are here. Preparing for these showers will help prevent basement flooding and standing water on your grass. Be proactive and take measures now to avoid potential disaster.
Gutters and Downspouts
Survey gutters for debris or leaves left over from fall and winter, and make sure downspouts allow water to flow away from your home freely.
If you have a sump pump, test it before the heavy rains come. Sump pumps have a habit of failing when they are needed the most. If yours seems to show signs of trouble, have a professional look at it ASAP.
Purchase Flood Insurance
If you live in a flood-prone area or near water, check your homeowner’s policy and purchase flood insurance if it is not already present. Don’t delay as many policies will not go into effect until 30 days after the purchase date. Better to spend a little money for protection than be caught with a flooded basement!
Know Where to Receive Emergency Weather Broadcasts
Familiarize yourself with radio and television stations that broadcast emergency notices for your area. Many smartphones are also able to receive emergency weather notices. Check with your carrier to see if your device receives automatic warnings.
Do not be caught out in the rain this spring!