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3 flooding tips for your home this spring

Posted on: April 27, 2016

As the saying goes, “April showers bring May flowers.” Of course, those April showers could lead to some unwanted flooding, too! If your backyard and basement area are susceptible to flooding as the weather warms, it may be smart to think of ways to keep the water away—and keep your home safe and dry. Between the melting snow from the winter and the impending rainfall that comes with spring and summer, it may be a good idea to keep these spring flood prevention tips in mind!

If you want to reduce the risk of flooding in your Maryland or Washington, DC area home this spring, give the professionals at James A. Wheat & Sons a call today at 240-399-5051 or fill out a contact form!

Find and fix all leaks

This one may seem obvious, but leaks can not only lead to water damage in your home, but they can also weaken the structure of your home (which is the perfect environment for mold to grow). If you notice wet spots on your ceiling or cracks in the foundation of your home, it’s vital that you get these issues fixed before it’s too late!

Get sump pump maintenance

Your sump pump is an important part of your flooding prevention system. By pumping water out of your home during a flood, this tool could save your basement from some costly damages! This emergency pump protects your home from water pooling on the floor, discoloration in the foundation of your home, and other flood-related problems.

With that said, it’s smart to test your sump pump before it’s too late! By pouring water into the sump pit, you can test how well your sump pump is working—if it doesn’t turn on, it’s time to call in for professional sump pump repair. An expert plumber can test your sump pump and figure out the problem.

Check out your gutters

When it comes to keeping your backyard flood-free, your home’s gutters are the first line of defense against any heavy rainfall. In fact, it’s important that your gutters drain properly. Additionally, make sure that your water isn’t drained in one concentrated area in your yard! So how can you keep your gutters are in check? Make sure your gutters:

  • Are placed in a V-shaped trench
  • Carry water at least ten feet away from the foundation of your home
  • Are lined with proper materials, such as thick plastic

Prevent flooding in your MD & DC Area Home today!

Don’t let a spring flood catch you and your home by surprise. Instead, call in the experts at James A. Wheat & Sons to set up a great first line of defense against the heavy rainfall ahead. Our team will make sure your home is well prepared to protect you and your family from a flood. Licensed and bonded, each of our plumbing professionals is ready to help make your home safe, comfortable, and flood-free.

Ready to make sure your Maryland or Washington, D.C. home doesn’t suffer from flooding this year? Call James A. Wheat & Sons today at 240-399-5051!