Here in the St. Louis area, we’ve experienced a winter of above-average snow fall and a good deal of ice along with it. The brutal winter means that the potential for a very wet spring is lurking right around the corner. Experts are already warning that we could be in for flooding in the coming months due to higher than normal water levels in rivers and streams. The ground is already soggy, waterways are swelling, and all that moisture needs somewhere to go. That could mean water in your home.
When your basement floods or water seeps into unwanted places in your home, the damage can happen very quickly. While we at Sams Carpet Cleaning & Repairs are here to help with water removal and cleanup when disaster strikes, it’s first important to consider how to avoid or minimize that risk. Here are some simple things to consider as we prepare for the weather to come this spring:
- Sump Pump: If you do not already have one, you should install a sump pump in your basement and keep a battery-operates backup in case of power outages. If you live in a house which has had flooding in the past, we would suggest installing a water alarm which will alert you to when water is accumulating in your basement. It’s always a good idea to check your pump and your sump bucket occasionally to make sure your pump is working, and that there isn’t water collecting in the bucket.
- Storage Areas: Most home owners use their basement for storage and flooding will quickly turn keepsakes into a moldy mess which will need to be disposed of. It is best to keep valuables out of your basement – and that goes for electronics as well. For all items, consider storing them off the ground on pallets or in plastic storage bins. This will help to ensure that if the worst occurs, you can easily remove items for clean-up.
- Gutters: Clean your gutters and remove any debris from your window wells and downspouts. Clogs will lead to the potential of flooding.
- Landscaping: Any landscaping that is near your home should be trimmed to assure that it is not touching your foundation or creating cracks in your foundation.
- Exterior: Inspect the exterior of your home to make sure that it is properly graded in a way that encourages water to flow away from the foundation.
- Washing Machines: If you are going to be away from your home on vacation for a period of time, turn off the water at your washing machine. We have seen many instances in which a washing machine hose has burst when a family was on vacation. This leaves water to seep into the home for weeks. You can avoid this by simply turning off the water valve connected to the hose behind the machine.
Prevention is the best medicine, but that does not mean that emergencies are 100 percent avoidable. If your home experiences unexpected water damage, do not panic. Sams is here 24 hours/365 days to help you in an emergency. We can be onsite quickly and get you back to normal to ensure that your home is just that, a place where you and your family are able to create memories and spend time with those you love.