Keeping water away from your home is one of the most important aspects to maintain the building’s integrity and to prolong the lifespan of its many components. More than anything, preventing rainwater from accumulating near the foundation is crucial. Here are some tips to avoid a deluge…and loads of inconveniences.

Gutters and Downspouts

Gutter maintenance, once or twice annually, is an essential task to ensure smooth rainwater drainage. This will prevent water puddling near the foundation, flooding, and “ice bridges” at the roof’s edge. Start by removing the dead leaves and debris which can form clogs. Then, rinse both the gutters and downspouts thoroughly with a garden hose. If debris or leaves have adhered inside, use a brush to dislodge them. After cleaning, if you notice water pooling in a particular area of the gutter, you can correct the problem by adjusting the slope. Many accessories such as gutter guards, gutter leaf protectors, and downspout extensions are available at home renovation or hardware stores. Be careful when performing this chore: make sure your ladder is in good condition and placed in a stable position.

Window Wells

To keep water away from your home, clear dead leaves or debris that may gather in the window well. The well bottom should be deep enough and filled with crushed stone to allow the flow of water to drain to the French drain (or weepers). Removing snow from your window wells during the cold season is also important to prevent snow accumulation against the windows. It will prevent possible water infiltrations and provide more natural light in your basement. Transparent plastic well covers could prove a practical solution to snow or ice accumulation.

Other recommendations

-Correct the grade of the land to drive the water away from your foundation by adding earth along the foundation walls.

-Inspect your foundation for cracks that could let in water. If necessary, contact a professional who can repair them. I have the contacts for you!

-Shut off exterior water valves and drain outside faucets; store your garden hose.

We’ve been blessed with a wonderful fall, but winter is around the corner, so make sure to do these important recommendations soon!