5 Tips for new homeowners to be smart about rain

Recently moved into a “new to you” home? Here’s the fourth in a week long series on things you can do to improve your home’s sustainability.

by Peter Speckner, Communications Coordinator

  1. Grab an umbrella and go outside during a heavy rain to see how and where the water flows from the eaves, downspouts and paved surfaces.
  2. The slope of the ground around your home should be away from your foundation
    Make sure the ground around the foundation slopes away. Re-grade all areas (paved or landscaped) to ensure water flows away from your home.
  3. Keep your eavestroughs clean
    Clean eavestroughs in the fall after the leaves have fallen and again in June after the seeds and flowers have dropped.
  4. water in the basementDon’t finish a high-risk basement
    If you are at high risk of infiltration, do not finish your basement for living. Remove absorbent items (furniture, carpet, boxes) to a dry location upstairs. High risk factors for your home or building include:

    • Paved areas that slope towards the foundation that can not immediately be fixed
    • The lowest building on the street
    • Built on a floodplain or an area with a high water table
    • A masonry or fieldstone foundation
  5. water damage in basementChoose non-absorbent flooring and wall finishes when renovating your basement
    When renovating basement areas, choose flooring and wall finish options that are not absorbent, like ceramic tiles (avoid carpet, drywall and paperboard), and use area rugs that can be removed for drying and cleaning.

Learn more about having a RAIN Smart Home.

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