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Tips to help prevent flooded basements as temperatures rise, heavy rain expected.

February 19, 2014


With temperatures expected to be in the 50s this week, melting snow and forecasted heavy rain may cause flooding across many areas of Illinois. Homeowners should consider taking the following steps to help prevent water from entering their basements.

  • Check the sump pump to make sure it is operating correctly. Also, make sure the sump pump drain is free of ice or debris.
  • Consider installing a backup option like a battery backup, a second sump pump or a water-powered backup pump in case the power goes out during this week’s forecasted storms.
  • Make sure gutters and downspouts are clear of debris and that downspouts are directing water away from the foundation. Also, install downspout extensions to get water at least three to six feet away from the foundation.
  • Make sure there are no obstructions on the property to prevent water from draining off the property.
  • Check the roof for ice dams. If one is spotted, call a professional to help remove it.
  • Shovel snow away from the perimeter of the home, especially basement windows.

“Nothing is worse than coming home to find standing water in your basement,” said Eric Vanasdale, COUNTRY Financial® senior loss control representative. “Homeowners should inspect their properties to make sure there is nothing preventing water from flowing away from the foundation. A few minutes now can help prevent heartache later.”


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