Preventing Water Damage To Your Home


The incoming storm is bringing a mixed bag of moisture to KELOLAND.

That means it’s time for people in the east to get ready for rain.

Diane Hall knows what it’s like to have water damage. 

“It’s a bummer,” Hall said. 

That’s why she’s chipping away at this ice at the end of her driveway as the snow melts around her house. 

“I want to make a path so it escapes the driveway and goes into the drainage,” Hall said. 

“This is the type of stuff you want to get done sooner rather than later,” Tyler Goff said. 

As a homeowner and real estate agent, Tyler Goff knows that to be true. 

He has a to-do list of his own. 

“One thing I’m going to do is get my sump hose, dig that out of the snow, make sure that’s nice and clear,” Goff said. 

Moxie Services Owner Dan Grossman says that’s something you should be doing before the rain comes. 

And of course, make sure it works. 

“Take a five gallon bucket and trigger your sump pump,” Grossman said. 

What else can you do to protect your home from water?

“Connect the downspouts. A lot of them are full of ice. Unfortunately that’s South Dakota. But on the ground level we want to make sure that they have a free flow away from the house,” Grossman said. 

That means making sure the water isn’t draining into snow. 

In fact, he says the more snow you remove around your house the better. 

“A long weekend of work and some Ibuprofen is a lot cheaper than having a water restoration company have to fix inside the home,” Grossman said. 

That’s why Hall is getting to work now. 

Grossman says you also want to watch out for snow on your roof. 

The freezing and thawing can create ice dams.  If the water builds up, it could leak into your home. 

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