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Ways to flood proof your home

Posted at 5:38 PM, Mar 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-16 17:54:27-04

Richard Zamarron has lived on St. Joe HIghway in Grand Ledge for more than 20 years.

"Every time it rains our yard gets flooded," said Zamarron. "Neighbor's yards, the fields, and it's just an ongoing process."

The same goes for his basement too.

"We've got an old basement," said Zamarron. "So this here is what happens. I get water next to my furnace, and what I have to do is vacuum this up, and I take it over to the sump pump and dump it into the crock."

That's why he's always prepared to deal with the problem.

"It's depressing, but I'm not going anywhere," explained Zamarron. "Wo I just make due with what I got and get on with my day."

By making sure the grates are debris free.

"If that gets plugged up, then everything's gonna back up just like anything else," said Zamarron.

"Another thing you can do is window wells on the outside of your house," suggested Kelli McCardel with McCardel Restoration. "You can cover them with plastic coverings you can buy at Home Depot or your local box stores."

He also recommends making sure water drains away from the home and upgrading your sump pump.

"If you don't have a sump pump, you may have a drain down there," said McCardel. " A lot of times the city sewers will get clogged up with rain water."

But there are things you can do to deal with that problem too.

"Look into having a plumber dig up your drain in your basement and install a ball which will eliminate the water from coming up through it," said McCardel.