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Emergency Podcast: Spring Thaw Water Management & Basement Flooding

Honest Home Podcast, Season 1

Over the weekend, Central and Southern Minnesota got an additional 6-12″ of heavy, wet snow. Now, two days later, it’s starting to rain. Temps will be in the 30s with rain for the next 2-3 days.

The potential for flooding is extremely high.

That’s why we’ve put together this emergency podcast about water management and what to do when water does get inside your home.

Please share!

Resources

Emergency water mitigation and insurance restoration

Diagram of downspout extensions and how they move water away from your foundation.

Diagram of proper grade around foundation.

  Example of a type of window well cover that can help keep additional water from becoming trapped in the well.

 

Rigid Wet Dry Vac with Pump from Home Depot 

 

June 19, 2014 – the day we had 4-5″ of rain in the Twin Cities Metro. We had a basement walkout patio that had settled and we did our best to create a barrier with some gravel to keep the water back. 

Before and after cleaning view of an AC unit

Central Air Unit Maintenance

Hey, guess what? It's hot and humid in Minnesota during the summer! Crazy, right?! Anyway, we know that routine cleaning and maintenance of things that we operate by pushing a magic button on the wall are tasks that slip by us all too easily, so we're here to remind...

Painting 101

Painting is something most homeowners feel they can tackle on their own. If you've never painted before, or you just want to get some tips from an expert, we'll talk you through tools and technique in this week's episode. Also: Theresa has a revelation that emphasizes...

The Homes of Our Lives

In this episode Christopher and Theresa walk down memory lane and discuss the homes they've owned, the deferred maintenance issues they faced in each home, and what they learned along the way. Also in this episode: door rot - what might cause it and how to address it!...

Don’t Lock People In Your Basement

This week we address safe means of egress (the means of entering and exiting a location). We were jacked up on cookie dough and exhaustion, so we cover everything from fire safety to serial killers to tapping maples to make syrup! Resources: My Favorite Murder - one...

Working with kids

This week we talk about doing home improvement projects with young people - your own children, young relatives, any children you mentor who may want to learn some fix-it skills! We address safety, education, and all the benefits that children reap when they start...
Shelves of glassware

Storage

Most of us have a lot of stuff. A great deal of that stuff is useful, but that doesn’t mean it has to be immediately accessible at all times. In this episode we take a verbal stroll through the home and discuss the many storage options available for the variety of...
Fireplace with a wood burning insert

Fireplaces, Wood Stoves, and Chimneys

This week we dive into all things fire! Fireplaces, wood stoves, and chimneys all require regular maintenance in order to function properly and SAFELY! Now that the burning season is more or less over, this is the best time to have the fire-heat system in your home...

Look Ahead to Spring

In this episode we talk about water management (especially in light of the record snowfall we had this month!) and how to ensure the spring thaw doesn't leave your basement flooded. We also take a look at landscaping. Our listener question is about repairing loose...

Patching Holes in Walls

This week we talk patching holes in walls! We cover both drywall and plaster patches, and go into detail about what tools and techniques can help you create seemingly seamless patches. *We are not sponsored by Home Depot - you can also find these items at most major...

Honest Home Podcast – The Launch

After many years of being podcast enthusiasts, Christopher and I are excited to announce the launch of our very own podcast! The Honest Home Podcast is an educational podcast about home maintenance. We cover typical seasonal and preventative maintenance looks like,...
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