1. Remove debris from the storm drains

The great part about this tip is that it will cost you 0$, and only takes a few minutes.

2. Grade the sides of your home

By changing the grading of the home to push the water away from the foundation you can protect your home from rain storing in the sides by the foundation. This tip is not only very cost efficient but is also extremely effective with heavy rainfalls.

3. Extend downspouts

Downspouts can increase the chance of flooding if they are too close to the home. The usual extension only needs to roughly be 6 feet depending on the home, and usually, you can look up a quick online DIY tutorial on how to do this.

4. Cover window wells

Window wells can fill up water and over time start leaking. To prevent this install either glass or plastic window covers. You can purchase this from your local hardware store usually, and they are very easy to install.


5. Repair foundation cracks

Cracks in the foundation usually show up right after the grounds thawed out from winter. Usually, the best time to check for cracks is in April and May. Depending on the size and nature of the crack you might need to hire a professional to come in and seal it up, so try and catch them early!

6. Install a sump pump

The sump pumps collect the water from around the foundation and push it farther away from the home where it will not damage your home. You can find someone through the homestars website that can install one in your home.

7. Install a backwater valve

This prevents any wastewater from entering your home during severe weather, and the best part about this fix is that it only costs 50$!

8. Maintain the sewer pipe

Hiring a plumber to take a camera to the pipes, and ensure that there is nothing clogging them is a great way to make sure your wastewater does not end up coming back into the house.

9. Clean the path to the floor drain

Remove any objects that in the path to the floor drain. A great way to test if there is anything in the way to the floor drain is by pouring water down to see if it flows to the floor drain.

10. Store possessions in waterproof containers

It is always best to store your precious items in containers that will keep any elements outside from getting in. Take all your electronics, and non-replaceable items into waterproof containers to make sure that they are safe from any potential water leakages in the future.