Don't Let Your Home Drainage System Work Against You

Have you ever had one of those days where everything seems to be going wrong? For the Murphys, this is a common occurrence. They firmly believe that anything that can go wrong, will go wrong—especially for them. Let us tell you more, based on a true story from a real Sandbox policyholder.

Recent heavy rains caused the Murphy's basement to flood. Luckily, the damage could be assessed by their insurance provider, Sandbox Mutual. Before the damage could be repaired, Mr. and Mrs. Murphy were using a sump pump to clear the water from their basement. After running the sump pump for quite some time, it didn't seem to be helping much at all. It could not keep up to the amount of water that was coming in.

Mrs. Murphy ran outside and discovered the issue. The sump pump was discharging right beside the house and running back in. The Murphy's were basically recirculating the water back to the pump so their basement was never going to dry out. Just their luck!

The Murphys learned a lesson from this situation: to make sure all of their downspouts, roof drains, and sump discharge extend far enough away from the house to keep water for accumulating and running into the home.

A common cause of water damage to a home is poor drainage. When downspouts, roof drains, and sump discharge are not extended far enough away from the house, water can accumulate near the foundation and go into the basement or crawl space.

To prevent water damage, it is important to regularly inspect and maintain your home's drainage system. Here are a few tips to keep in mind:

  • Ensure that downspouts are pointed away from the house and extend at least 6 feet away from the foundation.
  • Clean out gutters and downspouts regularly to prevent clogs and blockages.
  • Install a sump pump if you have a basement or crawl space that is prone to flooding.
  • Inspect and test your sump pump regularly throughout the spring, summer, and fall months.
  • Consider grading the land around your home so that it slopes away from the foundation.

Learn from the Murphy's mistake by taking these proactive steps to protect your home from water damage!