Angie's List: Dealing with flood damage in your home

By: Elizabeth Owens, Angie's List Email
By: Elizabeth Owens, Angie's List Email

Thursday, March 8, 2012

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- You know the old saying, "April showers bring May flowers?" Well, they can bring more than that.

I remember growing up in a home with a basement and every time we had a heavy rain, my mom would be in the basement soaking up the water with towels -- and that led to bigger problems later.

When water gets into your home, it can cause wood to rot, structural damage and even mold. We ended up having to treat our basement for mold later on down the road.

Depending on the extent of the damage, it can cost anywhere from hundreds to thousands of dollars to repair your home. To keep from forking over that kind of dough, you need to be proactive.

Angie Hicks from Angie's List says there are simple things you can do around your house to make sure you avoid water problems.

"Check your roof periodically for leaks. Also clean your gutters. Check the grade around the foundation of your house to be sure it's grading away from your house," she says. "All of these things will prevent potential problems."

It's also important to have sump pump if you have a crawl space or basement. Sump pumps keep crawl spaces and basements dry from outside water, so it's a nice thing to invest in that will protect your home -- something I'm sure my parents wish they had back in the day.


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