Did you know that most homeowners insurance does not protect your home from basement flooding? By following these easy steps now, you can protect your most valuable asset; your home, from future water damage or current water problems.

1. Walk around the perimeter of your house. Check to make sure that you have a slope around your home that slopes AWAY from your foundation. If there is no slope or the ground is lower around your foundation, you will need to create a new slope with dirt. Your slope will need to be at least 2" per foot from the foundation (highest point) to the bottom of your new slope which must be at least a foot wide. Make sure your new slope is 6" or more away from sill so you will not cause any rotting of building materials.

2. Notice when you are inspecting the perimeter of your home, if there are any plants or shrubs that are within a foot of your foundation. If there is, you will need to move them at least one foot away from the home for a couple of reasons.

-strong roots can cause the foundation over time to crack
-rotted roots can cause pockets or channels in the dirt causing water to flow towards your foundation

3. Inspect your gutters. Make sure they are not leaking and are free from leaves and other debris. If your gutters are broken or leaking, you can either replace them or repair them with a variety of products found at your local hardware store.

4. Check your downspouts. Your downspouts need to be at least 5' and facing away from your homes foundation.

5. Inspect the inside of your basement, checking for cracks on the walls and floors. Any cracks can be fixed by using epoxy crack filler with sand or a foundation crack filler.

6. Look for gaps around your pipes and fix with a pipe gap filler kit.

7. Seal basement walls and floor with a quality concrete sealer. Sealer will need to be reapplied every two to five years.

8. Invest in a sump pump. Simply put, a sump pump pumps water far enough away from your house where the water is no longer a threat to your basement.

9. Invest in a backup sump pump that is battery operated. A very common reason many basements flood is due to electricity loss during a storm. When your main sump pump stops working, your battery pump will turn on.

10. Waterproof the outside of your foundation with a clay made for outside foundations.