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Experts give home drainage tips ahead of wet spring

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The warm weather Sunday made for a good day to make sure your home is ready for a wet spring.

Experts said with wet weather on the way, it's important to make sure water is draining from your house properly, so it doesn't end up in your home.

Trevor Friye with Bergman Nurseries said there's a few things homeowners can do to make sure water stays out of their homes.

"The best thing to do is just do a walk-through of your house and start looking at the small things you can to do alleviate some of that water that would build up next to the house," Friye said.

He said most importantly, make sure your gutters are clear, so water can easily run through.

Next, check your downspouts.

"If that water is just coming down at the base of your house, it's not doing any good," Friye said. "We got to make sure we have an extension on that downspout. Get it out farther from the house."

"We've got medal screens that go over on top of the gutter," Joe Vermeire with Lowe's said.

He said homeowners can do most of this right at home.

"Make sure all the slopes in your landscaping, it gets away from the foundation," Vermeire said.

He said doing these simple steps can help homeowners keep their home dry.

"This wand has really become popular to clean out your gutters," Vermeire said. "You never even have to get on a ladder."

He said it's also important to seal cracks in your driveway and sidewalks.

"A lot of times, you don't notice you have a problem until it's too late," Friye said. "Then you're wishing, I should have went out and checked those things. At that point, it's probably thousands of dollars of damage with water in your basement."

Hardware store and nursery officials said you can contact your local store for assistance with any drainage issues.

Kara Biernat

Kara Biernat is a MultiMedia Journalist for WGEM News.

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