With rain in Lincoln and Omaha that doesn’t seem to want to quit I can’t tell you how many emails I have received this week from folks looking for help with a wet basement. The companies that deal in drain tile, sump pump installation and basement waterproofing are backed up for weeks but remember there are several things that you can do yourself to minimize or even eliminate the problem. #1 Clean your gutters of leaves, pine needles and debris. When Susan and I lived in the Lincoln Country neighborhood we enjoyed the canopy of mature trees that provided us with wonderful color and plenty of shade but the flip side was the need to clean out the gutters at least four times a year. #2 Make certain that you have adequate downspout extensions in place? The goal is to direct rain and snow melt runoff from your roof away from the house. A missing extension can result in a downspout depositing water right at the foundation wall with a direct path to the basement. #3 Add dirt or fill where needed to assure a grade away from the foundation. Over time the soil around a house can wash away resulting in water flowing towards rather than away from the structure. #4 Make certain that basement window wells rise high enough above the surrounding ground level to direct water away not into the windows. #5 Seal any exterior or interior cracks in the basement foundation walls. If you have covered all of these bases and you are still experiencing water in your basement then most likely you will need the assistance of a experienced professional. Give us a call and we will be happy to refer you to someone that can help. Remember whether buying or selling, moving up or downsizing, Lincoln or Omaha, the Vaccaros; Paul & Susan, stand ready to assist you, your family, friends and co-workers. Call or email us today! Lincoln (402)817-0355 , Omaha (402)577-0820, info@WeSellNebraska.com (Paul & Susan Vaccaro – CBSHome Real Estate 15950 W Dodge Road, Suite 200, Omaha, NE 68118 – Woods Bros Realty 3737 S 27th Street, Lincoln, NE 68502.