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Heavy Rains

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Home Inspector with Pillar To Post Home Inspection

Thunderstorms and heavy rain may hit our area again today. Help yourself out and inspect your home before, during and after the rains. When bad storms are predicted get ouside and inspect your gutters and downspouts. Make sure your gutters are clean and free from debris, at this time of the year they get blocked from pine needles and helicopter seeds. Make sure all the downspout extensions are on. Downspouts should extend 4-6 ft. from your home. Check your grading. Is it low, have dips or slope towards the home? Your grade should be level and slope away from your home 1" per foot for 4- 6 ft.. Do you have window wells and or covers ? Make sure they are secure. If your walkway or driveway is close to your home, they should also slope away from the home. Check them for cracks and repair as necessary. Check your basement walls is there any dampness or staining? Go outside and re- examine these areas. The hard part inspect your home when it rains. Are the gutters leaking, overflowing or clogged?  If your downspouts and or sump pump discharge underground make sure they are not clogged. Is there any puddles forming around the home. If there is improve the grading. Again check your basement walls. Finally after the storm Re- check everything. Please remember when we receive large amounts of rain in a short time that is not a normal condition and the chance of having water seepage is greater.

April Hayden-Munson
Brookfield, WI
Brookfield Wisconsin Real Estate

Good advice John.  Rains like crazy back in July and now we're in a drought......

Oct 19, 2010 05:27 AM
Tom Braatz Waukesha County Real Estate 262-377-1459
Coldwell Banker - Oconomowoc, WI
Waukesha County Realtor Real Estate agent. SOLD!

John Rocco

Very good advice indeed sir. Those heavy rains can create havoc 

Feb 11, 2015 08:15 AM