Spring is set to arrive in Michigan in all its glory, which includes snow melt, heavy rain, and a slow thawing of frozen ground. This is the time of year that many homeowners encounter the joy that is a flooded basement and leaky roofs. A little preparation can reduce or eliminate major damage to your home. If your home is equipped with a sump pump, make sure it is in working order by pouring a bucket of water into it and verifying it is discharging properly. A battery back-up can also ensure the sump keeps running when you are not at home and can be purchased at local hardware or home improvement retailers. Check your downspouts to make sure they are free of ice and snow build-up that can back water up against your foundation. Push snow and ice away from basement windows and window wells to prevent seepage. Gutters should be free of leaves and debris that build up in late fall and can cause water to back-up onto the roof surface or overflow the gutter into poor draining areas around your home. If you should encounter a major problem, your REALTOR can recommend basement or restoration contractors to return your home to good condition.
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