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Homecare for this Monsoon

Clear debris from outside: During sudden storms, stairwells and window wells can act as catch basins where water can accumulate. Checking and clearing any drainage will help reduce the risk of water building up and causing pressure on the foundation.

Clean and adjust ceiling fans: Chances are good that your ceiling fans haven’t had much use over the winter. A lot of dust can hide on the upper surface of the fan blades. Make sure your ceiling fans are set to spin counter clockwise to give you the most cooling power.

Ensure the drainage is clear : Make sure that any drainage located in outside stairwells, window wells, and egress exits are draining water properly. If they are connected to a sump pump system, you can slowly pour water into the drainage to make sure the drain line is not blocked and there is clear passage of water to your sump pump.

Check pump discharge lines: Summer storms can bring about a lot of rain in a short time. Check your sump pump discharge line to make sure it is not blocked by obstructions and that water is pumped safely away from your home.

Check gutter blocks: Make sure that your gutters are free-flowing and leading water away from the house as much as possible. Blocked gutters during heavy rains can cause rain to spill over side of the roof and cause water to pool near the foundation.

Test smoke and fire alarms: Replace batteries if necessary, and don’t forget to check your carbon monoxide detectors as well.

Check the driveway: Driveway curbs should channel water so that it runs off into the street or away from the home. Sealing open cracks in the driveway can prevent water from gathering under the driveway and potentially making its way into your basement.

Avoid aggressive roots when planting trees: Large shade trees, such as silver maple trees, should be planted at least 20 feet away from the home to help avoid foundation cracks from roots. Smaller trees, such a white fir trees, should be given a clearance of at least 10 feet from the home.

Deep clean your carpets: Dirt builds up in carpets over time, so you might not even notice them getting dirty, but you’ll sure see the difference once they’ve been cleaned!

Build a soil crown: When landscaping the area directly around the house, be sure that the soil next to the home is the highest grade while still below the top of the foundation wall. This keeps water from pooling next to the home and spilling over the top of the foundation walls as well as causing undue hydrostatic pressure on the foundation underground.

Tend to your air conditioner: You’ll be using your AC a lot in the months ahead. Be sure to clean both the indoor and outdoor units. It’s a good idea to have them professionally serviced at least once a year, and spring is the perfect time.

 

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