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Refasten any eavestrough that has started to pull away from the roofline by screwing them back into the fascia. You want your downspout to extend about three feet or a metre away from the home. If it’s not long enough, you can get an extender from your local hardware store and attach it yourself easily.
If the sewers become overwhelmed due to excessive water, it can start to back up into your home through your drains. Not only can that cause thousands of dollars worth of damage (or more) but it can fill your home with unsanitary water, contaminating your basement as well.
You can’t really predict if it’s going to happen, but you can prevent it pretty easily. Installing backflow protection to your basement drain is all it takes to stop this from happening. Some you can install right in your basement drain, others will need to be installed by a licensed plumber.
These are simple devices that allow water to travel in only one direction. When water starts reversing flow back toward your home, it shuts, preventing any water from regurgitating.
A wet spring shouldn’t rain on your parade. Even a few simple additions, or maintenance jobs can have a big impact on the way your home handles water. If you’re being proactive in preventing water damage, you’re already ahead of the game this spring.
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