Every year, Michigan homeowners and small businesses are hit with the harsh reality of winter, worrying about everything from snowy driveways to power outages. And while we can’t control the weather, home and small business owners can minimize the risk of damage by following a few simple steps.
Michigan homeowners should be aware of the consequences of water damage caused during the spring thaw. You can’t control Mother Nature, but you can implement measures that will help prevent water damage.
If you haven’t already, install a sump pump or a sewer backflow value and keep a battery-operated backup in case of power failure. Consider installing a water alarm that warns when water is accumulating in your basement. If you already have a sump pump, then you’ll want to perform routine spring maintenance on it.
Follow the steps above every 3 months and you should have a working sump pump that will keep your basement free of standing water
During your spring cleaning, you’ll be moving items around and getting things like carpet cleaning done. One other major step you’ll want to take is to remove debris from window wells, downspouts and gutters. Gutter cleaning is essential to ensure proper water flow from your roof.
Clogged gutters can lead to improper runoff, which can lead to attic mold, and also water damage to the structure of your roofing system. Having to replace your roof would definitely alter any spring plans you might have.
All plumbing in your home should be checked for leaks. As the weather warms up, any water that has frozen in the pipes of your home will begin to thaw as well. If this happens, it could lead to a burst pipe, which can flood your home quickly. You’ll also want to check doors and windows, as these are common points for leaks to develop in Michigan homes.
A well manicured lawn can be the pride of any homeowner. However, did you know that the landscaping of your home can also help prevent (or cause) water damage? Be sure to keep trees trimmed and bushes from growing over. You will also want to inspect the gradient of your property. If you notice that the slope encourages water flow toward your home, you will want to make changes to change the direction away from the house.