5 Tips To Keeping Rain Water Out Of Your Home


Without a doubt water infiltration is the number one cause of damage to your home. Typically the older your home is the more likely you are to have water infiltration. Periodic inspection and preventative maintenance is the best way to avoid the damage that water brings with it. Here are 5 tips to help you win the battle.


  • Increase the grade from your house to quickly move water away from your homes foundation before it has a chance to soak into the ground and infiltrate your foundation. Take care not to place dirt above the top of your foundation. Do not let the ground come into contact with the brick or siding on your home.
  • Maintain gutters and downspouts. Clean gutters seasonally to avoid clogs and overflowing gutters which will pour water right against your home. Extend the downspouts 3’ to 5’ from your home and make sure there is not any debris that has traveled down from the gutters, thus clogging them.
  • If your home’s roof is less than 10 years old a visual inspection should be performed every 2 years, older than 10 year, schedule it yearly. Loose, torn or missing shingles can allow water to run into the house. Also look for nail pops especially at the peaks where the caps are nailed. A small dab of quality roof cement will seal it back up.
  • If you have window wells walk around the house monthly and check the drains.
  • Install a quality sump pump and check it for operation often. You may want to purchase a battery back-up sump pump to help protect your investment.

Most of the items above can be accomplished for minimal or no cost. Sump pumps can range from $500 to $1000 and battery backups can easily add another $1000. Whatever the cost it is cheap when compared to the damage continual water infiltration or a flooded basement can cause.


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