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First, and most importantly, make sure any excess water flows away from the home. Oftentimes, water leaking into a house is caused by improper grading, which is exactly the case with my rental property. This means I’ll have to redo the landscaping once the weather improves so that water flows away from it.

Today I’m at one of my rental properties that’s been affected by recent flooding to show you what you can do to prevent water damage from happening to your home.

In the meantime, I scooped extra snow buildup away from the house so that the water melts elsewhere and reconnected the downspouts to the gutters to redirect the flow of water draining from the roof. I also chipped away extra snow buildup on top of the roof near the gutters. Next, I dug a hole near the side entrance where most of the water was coming in, dropped a five-gallon bucket into the hole, and attached a sump pump to pump the water across the yard.

Second, make sure your basement is draining properly. Inside the house, I found at least two inches of standing water in the basement laundry room, and that’s because the floor wasn’t draining properly. Every floor drain has a backflow plug that you need to remove if there’s water that’s not draining.

If water has already leaked into your home, the best thing you can do is mitigate any further damage. After I drained the water from the laundry room, for example, I plugged in a fan to help dry the floor out. I also vacuumed and mopped up excess water in the living room and bathroom.

If you have any more questions about this or any other real estate topic, don’t hesitate to reach out to me. I’d be happy to help you.