Even if you’re not in a flood zone, you may have to deal with extreme wet weather at some point, putting a strain on your home’s water resistance. Here are a few tips for how to keep water out of your basement or home and away from your valuables.

  1. Make sure you have a good sump pump, maintained and ready to go. There’s a big difference between a cheap sump pump and highly rated one with a large capacity. Making a little larger investment may mean you can spend less money in damages later.

  2. Ensure that you have a backup power supply. Without it, your sump pump is useless.

  3. Clean your gutters and downspouts. If they’re clogged, the rain may be redirected toward your home’s foundation, instead of away from the house.

    Article Image1
  4. Consider your below-grade windows or doors. Is there a way you can direct water away from them? Or do you need to consider renovations, to close off those areas that might be more susceptible to floods or excess water runoff? Again, a little investment in keeping your home protected may mean that you don’t have to worry about water damage later.

  5. If water in your home is inevitable, move valuables out of the basement or at least off the basement floor. This will keep your replacement costs down to a minimum, if you experience a loss.

Related Product: Home
From high-rise condos to historic buildings, we’ve got your home covered.
From high-rise condos to historic buildings, we’ve got your home covered.

Find an Agent


Tips & Resources

We help you stay ahead and informed with these helpful tips and tricks

Home
How to Prevent Fires, Inside and Outside the Home
Whether you’re cooking for your family or relaxing by the fireplace, consider these tips for preventing fires inside and outside your home.
Home
3 Things to Do Before Making Home Improvements
Whether you’re renovating the entire house, updating your kitchen or installing a new home theater, here are three things you’ll want to do