“You don’t ever want to need a restoration company,” said Curt Fleck of Musser Home Builders. 

You’d know that if you’re basement has seen any water damage this week. 

“To replace the dry wall, the trim and everything on a home it could be tens of thousands of dollars,” said Fleck. 

So, what’s the first thing you should check?

“These two things the furnace and the water heater are typically about the most expensive devices that are in your basement,” said Fleck. 

Also, be sure to double check any appliances you may have downstairs.

“The compressor, the electronics typically are in the lower part of that refrigerator so if you have 6 inches of water here there’s a good chance your refrigerator suffered the same damage,” said Fleck. 

All that damage can be avoided if you make sure to have one key piece of equipment.

 “I don’t know of a case where anyone ever went wrong by installing a sump pump pit and a sump pump,” said Fleck. 

The sump pump and pit push water out from under a house and back outdoors. 

“A lot of older homes don’t have them. a lot of people cut them as a cost cutting measure,” said Fleck. 

Experts say preventative measures aren’t something to be skimped on. 

“You want to make sure that all ways to get water from the house are open and flowing and working properly,” said Fleck. 

That means checking down spouts outside and making sure leaves or dirt aren’t blocking them, and that they are pushing water away from your home. 

“Homes were built to shed water, not tread water,” said Fleck. 

Home experts say if you’ve had significant flooding and it’s something you can’t fix, make sure you do call a professional to assess the damage.