Profitt Report: How to keep your basement dry during heavy rain

There are a few simple steps homeowners can take to keep heavy rain out of their basements. Photo credit: MGN

It doesn’t take a lot of rain to create damp conditions in your basement. Once mold and mildew develop, it can be hard to get rid of it.

“If mother nature wants to bring a river down your street and flood your basement, there's nothing I can say or do that's going to stop that,” said Tom Darger, associate broker at Ayre/Rhinehart Realtors in Midland.

However, Darger said if we get a few inches of heavy rain, you do have some control of where the water goes.

“The biggest step, without a doubt, is putting your gutters on your house,” he said.

Keep gutters clear because one little blockage can wreak havoc.

“The water goes right over the gutter and straight down to your foundation and gets everything wet,” Darger said.

Down spouts are key and you want to put them in the right area so the water drains away from your house.

The same goes for the area surrounding your foundation: you want a nice slope away from your basement.

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