Aftermath of 2″ Rain Friday Night

If you didn’t get water in your basement after early Saturday morning’s 2 inch deluge in much of the Twin Cities — you’re probably immune.

Unfortunately, I ‘m getting lots of reports that many homeowners weren’t so lucky.

That includes the home I showed in Edina yesterday, where yours truly discovered the “splish-splosh” of soaked carpet as my clients and I checked out the basement (let’s hear it for bare feet!).


The culprit?

Clogged gutters that were overrun by the downpour, allowing water to cascade over the top and pool next to the house.

Other common reasons for wet basements:  missing gutter extensions, and negative grade (towards the house instead of away).

Fortunately, all of the above can be fixed (or prevented) inexpensively.

P.S.:  And yes, affected homeowners whose houses are currently on the market should update their disclosures to inform prospective Buyers — who are going to see (and smell) the aftereffects, anyways.

About the author

Ross Kaplan has 19+ years experience selling real estate all over the Twin Cities. He is also a 12-time consecutive "Super Real Estate Agent," as determined by Mpls. - St. Paul Magazine and Twin Cities Business Magazine. Prior to becoming a Realtor, Ross was an attorney (corporate law), CPA, and entrepreneur. He holds an economics degree from Stanford.

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