As the rain continues to fall today and more rain in the forecast for later this week, our area is under a threat for flooding. While we are in need of the rain, flash flooding can lead to surface water flooding basements or crawlspaces resulting from drainage problems around your home. Most homeowner policies do not cover flooding/water damage that results from this type of damage, so you will be responsible for all costs associated with extracting the water and repairing the damage.

So, what steps can you take to try and prevent surface water from entering your home. The best place to start is to walk around your home while it is raining to see if there are any areas where the rain water is puddling and not draining away from the house. Next, check the gutters to see if there is any debris causing the rain not to drain down the downspouts. Also, if you have a sump pump, make sure it isn’t clogged and is working appropriately. Other tips include: making sure that the ground area within 10 feet of your home slopes away from your home’s foundation; extending downspouts at least 10 feet from your home; and adding preventative landscaping can also help reduce the chance of a mudslide or flooding.

If you do experience flooding or water seepage into your basement, make sure the area is completely dried so mold does not start to form. If you need any assistance, please give PHC a call at 919-834-6523.