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Is Your Sump Pump Working?

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A couple days ago after the big rainstorm here in Kansas City, quite a few of our clients called us with water problems because their sump pumps failed.

Make sure you check your sump pump. Go down and test it. You never want to have water in your basement, especially if you have a finished basement. That can be a very expensive fix. Even if your basement is unfinished, you will have to disclose that information if you sell your home later on.

More rain is coming, so make sure everything is in order. If you have any questions, give me a call or send me an email. I would be happy to help you!

Avoid Water Damage in Kansas City This Spring

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Today, I want to go over something incredibly important. Spring approaches and we’re expecting a ton of rain in the surrounding Kansas City area.

Many people forget to examine the grading around their foundation. It’s incredibly important to have one inch of fall per foot for six feet. That way, water will run away from your house and hit the ground to saturate itself. You’ll notice a bad example, with a negative slope, is in today’s video. You can bring in bags of dirt and reposition the structure.

Otherwise, rain water can creep into your home if it’s not draining properly away from your property. On a cosmetic note, I’m going to raise up the stone bed on the side of the home to level it out. It looks better leveled than on a slope.

In the second half of the video, you’ll notice the finished product. I was able to raise the grading around the house with new soil I brought in. I created a great, nice slope. I added a splash guard to the discharge pipe. I still need to work on the downspout, but it’s almost done. As you can see, I leveled out the area and made it more visually appealing. Overall, it took me about fifty bags of soil, which costs around $70.

Consider this video as a reminder to please check your home’s grading before the rainy season begins! This can prevent serious and costly water damage later on. Don’t let water into your basement this year. 

If you’re thinking about buying or selling a Kansas City home this spring, give me a call or send me an email! I’d love to serve your local real estate needs.