It has been a historically wet spring here in central Iowa. Here are some ideas to help homeowners inspect their homes to hopefully prevent water infiltration.

Some tips for safeguarding your home

1. Clean gutters and downspouts.

2. Buy extensions and attach to downspouts. Consider five feet or more extensions.

3. Check the grade (slope) near your house. If you have a low area, raise the area with dirt.

4. Consider French drains around your house.

5. Purchase a battery back-up for your sump pump.

6. Inspect your sump pump and sump pump hose. Make sure the hose is moving away from your foundation.  Make sure there is nothing blocking the hose. If the water from the hose is not dispersed from the foundation, it becomes a circular process and your sump pump may get overworked.

7. Inspect basement window wells. If you have a drain in your well, remove any debris that could be covering it.

8. Inspect basement windows are closed. Some homeowners will experience water that comes from cracks in basement windows.

9. Purchase a wet dry vac to pump out water from your basement.

10. Call your insurance agent to better understand your coverage. Make sure that you have homeowner insurance coverage for water damage in basement areas. Many homeowners might be surprised that they do not automatically have this extra coverage.

11. Fill and seal small and larger cracks in the basement while it’s dry. There are many types of fillers and sealers that can inexpensively and quickly keep water from coming in.

12. During a rainstorm, grab your sturdy umbrella and consider walking around your foundation to inspect the systems are probably working.