The snow is finally disappearing and Spring rains are on their way. Great for our lawns and gardens but not so great for your finished basement. Here are some preventive measures that will help keep your home dry from the bottom up!
Clean Your Gutters
When clogged gutters overflow, water can pool around your foundation. Remove any leaves and debris left over from winter, then install leaf guards and downspout extenders to direct water 10 feet from the house.
Change The Grade
Make sure surrounding soil is pitched away from the house at a slope of at least 1/4 inch per foot so that water drains toward your yard, not your foundation. Simply add soil, raking it smooth, until the grade is highest at the house’s perimeter
Keep trees in check
Shade trees with aggressive roots, like silver maples, should be planted at least 20 feet from your house to protect your foundation. Smaller species, like white fir, require only 10 to 15 feet of clearance
What if even by following these steps water seeps into your basement?
Most home owners policies consider “water seepage” a maintenance issue, not “sudden or accidental” damage, and exclude it. However a quick call to Doyle & Ogden can verify your coverage and get you a recommendation for a reputable, local company to assist with the clean up.
Contact Tim Doyle our Claims Manager for more information. email@example.com or 616-734-8918.