Good news: the trees are finally in bloom! Before springing forward and pulling out the patio furniture, think about what the change in season means for your home. With the heavy rains this spring, Action has a few tips on how to keep your home dry. Here are some places to check to see if you have any water damage or avoid water damage from happening.

Rain Gutters

It happens to the best of us. We look up at the clouds on a rainy day and notice water is seeping over the sides of your gutters. The good news is your rain gutters may not need to be replaced, they simply need a good cleaning. Cleaning and inspecting your gutters twice a year is always a good idea to prevent clogs and downspouts. These can cause major damage before you even notice a problem.

Wall and Floor Cracks

The change in pressure from cold winter months to warmer spring days can cause even the smallest cracks to expand, meaning costly foundation repairs. Larger cracks that are causing leaks should be inspected ASAP by an Action technician, but you may be able to repair smaller cracks. Simply insert a plastic tube into the crack, inject with polyurethane and seal with epoxy.

Sump Pumps

Don’t take your sump pump for granted; check up on it! You should be able to hear water draining into the pit. If not, the ground may still be frozen. You can activate it by pouring some water down the sump pump. Consider keeping a battery powered sump pump in case yours fails.

Landscaping

A good tip is to consider your landscaping when preparing your home for heavy rain and snow melt. Design the grade of your landscape so water runs away from your home instead of towards it. Keep in mind that less is more when adjusting your landscape slope. If your slope is raised too high against your home — above the siding or sill plate — moisture will stay trapped inside the walls.

Keep a lookout

Be sure to periodically inspect the interior and exterior of your home. Signs to watch for include mold stains, water spots, window seals, bore holes from rodents, and caulking all seams. Lastly, be sure to check up on your homeowners insurance that you are covered for floods and sump pump failure.