Avoid Spring Water Damage

April showers bring May flowers. But sometimes heavy downpours can bring unwanted surprises, like roof leaks or water in your basement. Not to worry. These smart steps can help.

Groom your gutters. Go with the flow! Keep gutters clean and damage-free, and direct water away from your house with downspout extensions.

Keep ‘em covered. Plastic covers are a great way to keep rain out of window wells — and your basement.

Give your roof TLC. Replace missing shingles, repair damage and keep flashing sealed. It’s worth the effort.

Be a savvy landscaper. Slope the ground away from your foundation, and plant shrubs at least three feet from your home.

Focus on the foundation. When you fill cracks and holes in your home’s foundation, you can keep the water out.

Keep your pump functional. Sump pumps avert water mishaps only if they’re working properly. Be smart — check your pump regularly.

Check new tech. Smart home water and moisture sensors alert you when things are amiss. They could also help you qualify for a discount from American Family.* Double win!

*Talk to your agent for details about eligibility.

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