Floodproofing Tips for Homeowners

Spring is officially here! Now is a great time to prepare for spring rain storms and their potential to cause flooding problems in the home.

While homeowners can’t control the weather, there are steps that can help prevent flooding.

  • Divert downspout discharge away from foundations.
  • Ensure sump pump discharge pipes are free and clear and above swale flow lines. Swales are channels or ditches, near houses, graded to convey stormwater to the nearest inlet, stream or pond.
  • Maintain drainage swales with vegetation and clear of obstructions, such as fences, sheds, and gardens.
  • Add soil or make grading changes to slope away from the home if the ground around the foundation is flat or slopes toward the house.
  • Clean gutters and downspouts to ensure effective water diversion away from the home.
  • Inspect the home’s foundation for cracks each year; consult a professional if needed.
  • Clean out basement drains annually.