March Handy Homeowner Tip

April Showers

  • Being unprepared for rain can cause leaks or floods in your home
  • Test your sump pump once a year and make sure your gutters are clean

We’ve all heard horror stories of basements flooding or other damages due to heavy rains in the Spring. If your home is unprepared for spring showers, you might fall victim to leaks or floods. 

The primary thing that home inspectors call out is to test your sump pump once a year. To test your sump pump, lift up on the float and see if it pumps. You can also unplug and replug your sump pump to see if it turns on immediately. If it doesn’t, you might need to repair or replace it. 

If you have a finished basement, we always recommend a backup sump pump or battery backup. Another way to ensure no leaks is for homeowners to clean their gutters. Ensure the downspouts are properly connected and are leading away from the house as much as possible. We recommend Dan the Gutter Man; they offer gutter cleaning and repair. 

Don’t forget to keep a positive grade around the perimeter of your home. One of the leading causes of wet basements is a negative grade near the foundation caused by settling. To correct the grade you can add dirt purchased from Ace Hardware or Oakland Nursery. 


If you want more information on our homeowner tips, please don’t hesitate to contact info@thomasriddle.com . We can recommend local professional services around Central Ohio for all your needs!

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