Be ready for the Spring thaw

If you have ever had a flooded basement, you know the damage can be extensive, expensive and the inconvenience, unforgettable.

What you can do to prevent or limit a loss

If you have an unfinished basement, we suggest you store items in plastic containers or on shelving at least 12″ off the floor.

A finished basement requires more aggressive measures to protect your investment.

  • If your area is susceptible to sewer backup, make sure your home has a sewer back-flow or check valve installed.
  • If you don’t have a sump pump, install one. If you do have a sump pump, test it to make sure it is working.
  • Because severe weather often causes a hydro interruption, it makes good sense to install a battery back-up device for the sump pump or keep a small gas generator to power critical electrical circuits. Both of these devices are available at a reasonable cost from any building supply or hardware store.
  • Keep eaves and downspouts clear of debris and make sure water flow is directed away from the foundation. If your building code permits it, have the downspouts connected directly to your weeping tiles or sewer drain.
  • In winter, keep snow away from the foundation to reduce surface water during sudden spring thaws and winter rains. Areas around ground level windows and window wells should be clearly regularly.
  • Finally, as simple as it sounds, make sure your lot is properly graded to direct runoff away from the foundation and entranceways. Do not change the grade or elevation around your home unless proper authorities are consulted because this could affect proper run off.


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