By: Ed Del Grande
Spring is here and even with the mild winter in many areas of the country, most of us look forward to this time of year. Before you get too excited, I just want to remind homeowners that Spring weather can also bring along basement flooding in many areas of the country. Between snow melt, April showers, and high ground water tables, your basement can be subject to water damage. Water entering a basement from outside the foundation is usually caused by one of the “Three G’s” – Gutters, Grading, or Ground water.
Here’s how to control your Three G’s:
- Gutters – Make sure to extend your downspouts at least four feet away from your home, to carry water away from the foundation.
- Grading – Make sure the area directly around your home slopes at least one inch per foot, so surface water does not flow towards your home.
- Ground water – Install a basement sump pump system to pump out any ground water before it reaches your basement flood level.
Final note: Keeping electrical power on in your home is key in getting through Spring weather events. Installing a standby generator system can also be a good investment as your last line of defense. Standby generators are permanently installed, and turn on automatically. Now sump pumps, dehumidifiers, and fans can operate even if power is lost during a severe Spring storm.
Ed Del Grande is a three-time Master Plumber, GBCI LEED green associate, and contractor.