houseAlthough spring brings its share of small pleasures: return of daylight, warmer weather, longer days, etc., it also brings unpleasant surprises related to the rapid melting of ice and snow.
 
Follow these tips to minimize the risk of water infiltration, basement flooding and sewer backup:
 
1. Check your sump pump
Sump pumps play an important role in flood prevention in the basement. We advise you to be proactive and to call a professional to check on the efficiency of your pump. This could save you from experiencing water damage. If you do not have a pump, we suggest you get one! Prevention is better than cure. 
 
2. De-ice and clean out your gutters and roof edges
Ice, water and debris can build up over winter causing blockages in your drainage. By regularly cleaning your gutters, you ensure that the melting snow and ice is draining properly. This way, it won’t leak in through the roof or the foundation of your home. However, make sure that all the water is flowing at least 6 feet away from your basement. 
 
3. Maintain your drain
In most cases, the drainage system runs along the outer edges of a property. Plan ahead and take care of clearing these areas. You can also clear the snow around your foundation and windows. If you have a French drain, please check that it is not clogged with debris. This will save you a lot of trouble.