By Tracy Clemons
ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - Whether you live near a river or your yard is saturated there are a few things you can do to flood proof your home as the latest round of severe weather approaches.
Dave Christoff with Woodard Cleaning and Restoration says cleaning leaves and debris from around your home is one way to keep water from seeping in.
Basements are usually the first to get flooded, so he says making sure your sump pump works is about the best thing to do.
"You can put water in it just to make sure it does click on and actually remove the water," Christoff said. "But if it's not operational, what will happen in this example is the drain tile will collect water, it'll filter into the sump pump and the water will seep over the water pump and this will be the source of the water problem."
More tips from Dave Christoff:
-make sure your down spouts are cleaned out.
-if you don't have a gutter guard, it's best to install one.
-if your sump pump doesn't kick on when you test it by putting water in it, call a service technician after the flood