SPRINGTIME WATER DAMAGE

All home inspectors know that water is a house’s worst enemy.  Springtime is water’s optimal time of the year to make its way into your house.  The soils surrounding houses are extremely wet and exert great pressures against your foundation walls because of it.  The snow melting off houses acts as a constant water stream trying to make its way into the roof and wall systems.  All this to say… If you want to minimize your chances of dealing with water damage, here are a few things you can do.

Check you downspouts and gutters: These components are an absolute necessity to properly drain water.  It’s a way to control where the water will be directed.  Checking to make sure every piece is properly attached to the next, and that the gutters aren’t clogged will be a great first step to avoid water buildup around your house.

Get rid of ice: Ice, as I’m sure you know, will melt a lot slower then snow.  Ice on driveways, inside downspouts and on roofs will all interfere with the drainage system of house.  Not only will it prolong the wetness around your house, it may completely block your downspouts from passing water.  Breaking off ice will help ensure continuous flow of water and reduce the odds of water damage.

Check your sump pump:  This component is responsible for flushing water around your house into an area that isn’t problematic.  Such as a dry well.  Ensure that it works properly by pouring water into the sump pump hole and verifying the drainage.  If it doesn’t drain, you should call in an expert to come verify this component.

Quick walk-around:  Take a quick walk around your foundation walls and inspect them carefully for sings of water damage.  If your basement is finished, check for stains on the walls.  If the basement isn’t, consider removing some insulation to get a direct look at the foundation walls.  If signs of water entry are found, you should call in a pro.

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