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Could Your Home Have a Drainage Problem?

Water damage can be a costly problem. We’ve found 5 areas that can signal water drainage issues in your home.

To prevent water damage—or to safeguard against additional water problems—make sure water drains away from your home’s foundation, not toward it. Common areas to inspect include:

Gutters
If you don’t keep your gutters cleaned, water can back up and cause problems. Make sure your gutters are sized correctly, and check for leaks and clogs regularly. Install gutter guards to protect against debris buildup.

Downspouts
Downspouts need to direct water away from the foundation. Water draining too close to your home can seep into the basement and may eventually weaken the foundation. Check the connections on your downspouts, and install extenders to divert water farther away.

Site Grading
Property that is not graded away from the home is major cause of drainage problems. Experts say the soil surface or pavement around your home should slope gradually away from the foundation—about 6 inches every 10 feet.

Window Wells
The ground around window wells should slope away from your home’s foundation. Wells should be properly sealed; filled with gravel, not soil; and kept debris-free—just like gutters.

Basements and Crawlspaces
If water collects in your basement, a sump pump with battery backup may be a smart investment. This device drains water from under your basement floor and pumps it outdoors. If your home has a sump pump, have it inspected regularly to make sure it activates when needed.

If you have taken these steps and your basement continues to flood, ask a qualified contractor to assess the situation. An expensive but often effective solution is to waterproof the exterior walls. A professional excavates around the basement, waterproofs the walls and installs a drainage system to carry water away and prevent flooding.

If, despite your best efforts, heavy rains cause water damage or your basement to flood, learn what steps to take with these tips from MetLife Auto & Home.

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