April Showers bring May flowers; however, as a homeowner, the showers can bring lots of other things, too! Many trees are in bloom, and rain and wind will certainly force some of those beautiful buds down to the ground. Rest assured, a good amount of those buds will end up in your outdoor drain some how.

1) If you have a sump pump, it’s a good idea to make sure it’s ready when the water comes. You can even test it yourself! Pour a bucket of water into the pit and wait to see if it works and your automatic flotation device should go on manually. Before you do that, please, please make sure there are no leaves and/or other debris in the sump pit.

2) Go ahead, get out in the rain. One of the best ways to tell where you’re gutters are clogged is to head out (umbrella optional) and see if there’s water overflowing from any area on your gutters. Then you’ll know exactly where to head before the next rainfall.

3) Get those ladders out! It’s a good idea to make sure your gutters are clear. If you have mesh which keeps the leaves and other debris from going into the downspouts, make sure that, too, is clear. Lots of times, the gutters are clear but the place that the water needs to travel to is clogged.

4) Take a walk around the perimeter of your home. As you walk, keep an eye out for standing water and unusually wet ground. If you spot standing water, it’s not usually a good sign. That water will eventually go somewhere, hopefully not into your basement.

If you’re looking for a reliable, licensed plumbing company in Westchester County, we are located in Yonkers, but we service all the surrounding cities, towns and villages. Call us at 914.207.8901!