There are countless ways water can damage your property. Luckily, there are just as many ways to prevent it. Take a tour of your home to look for potential risk areas. Use the checklist below to help waterproof your own home.

  • Inspect roof for signs of missing shingles, cracks or other damage.
  • Inspect eavestroughs to see that they are not clogged or broken.
  • Make sure downspouts are not clogged, are directed into the weeping tiles or main sewer lines and pull water far enough from the house.
Living Space
  • Check windows/doors for signs of leakage.
  • Inspect appliances regularly.
  • Watch water bill for sudden jumps.
  • Check walls to make sure no moisture is detectable.
  • Install flood shields on all basement windows above ground level.
  • Replaces hoses as needed.
  • Confirm that any exposed pipes are insulated.
  • Ensure that you have proper shut off valves.
  • Have backflow valves installed by professionals to prevent sewage backups.
  • Check foundation for any cracks.
  • Ensure the grading around the yard slopes away from your home.