Home Flooding Tips and Advice

stock-photo-3164773-executive-home-bar-and-entertainment-roomSpring and summer are the seasons where most people think about buying a home or renovating. Water during the spring season that find a way to your basement, is a clear giveaway when you are selling your home, that your basement needs to be waterproofed.  If you are showing a beautiful home with a wet or moldy basement, the chances are very slim that potential buyers will be inclined to make you an offer.  If you need to waterproof your basement, or have problems with the foundation of your home, contact us, we will be happy to work with you.  Call or check the BBB before you hire any company to work in your home.

Clean-up experts offer advice on home flooding

Weber County and other areas of Utah continue to receive higher than usual rainfall, in some cases leading to flooded basements and clean-up bills.

Representatives from local disaster clean-up services have said they have been swamped with calls in the last week, mostly answering questions about what to do and how to do it.

The areas most affected by flooding have been Farr West, Plain City and West Haven with only a few areas east of Interstate 15. Heavy rainfall hit the areas again Tuesday morning with 0.05 inches by 11 a.m., according to the National Weather Service.

One of the major causes have been overflowing canals and runoff channels, as well as blocked drains.

Flooding tips

What a crazy two weeks we have had regarding rain. A friend of mine posted on facebook that there is three feet of water throughout her house. She is no doubt overwhelmed and food safety may not be what is foremost on her mind, but it is an important part of safety.

 When flood waters have receded and it is safe to enter your home discard all foods, including garden produce, that have come in contact with flood water. Food can become contaminated with it is covered with flood water or if the water drips or seeps into the food. Only food in sealed, airtight metal cans that are not bulging or damaged and retort pouches (for example, flexible, shelf-stable juice or seafood pouches) that have been properly sanitized can be saved. If there is any doubt, the food should be thrown out.

Foods in the refrigerator and freezer should be discarded if the equipment was in flood water. If the equipment was above the water, but the power was out, contact our office for the fact sheet on what to keep or discard. Food packed in foil, cellophane, paper, cloth or cardboard that came in contact with flood water should also be tossed. Even if contents seem dry, they may be unsafe. Don’t risk it.

4 things to consider when buying an older home

More than an updated kitchen, these factors can make or break a deal.

We are well into the spring home shopping season and in many markets, would-be buyers are having to compete for properties. Inventories of available homes remain tight in many metros.

So when you come across the cute “mid-century” rancher in a good neighborhood at an attractive price you may be ready to pounce. But before you do, there are four parts of the home you should closely examine. They can be the difference between a good deal and a money pit.

They are, in order of importance, the roof, the basement or crawlspace, the heating and cooling system (HVAC) and the electrical service.


The roof protects the integrity of the structure. If it leaks, moisture is getting inside and causing all sorts of damage.

If shingles are missing or are cracked and peeling, the roof may already be leaking. If the shingles are intact but are curling or torn, they are on their way to failing.

Discolored shingles can be a sign of mold or algae growth on the roof. That holds moisture and can cause rapid deterioration.

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