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First Time Home Buyers

Are you looking to buy a new home, or even your first home?  Here’s a few things to keep in mind when purchasing a home.

  • Ask to have the private drain connection (PDC) videoed.  The video will show any obstructions, such as tree roots, or failures in the pipe that could cause basement flooding.  At the very least, if nothing is wrong, you will have peace of mind that your sewer is working properly and won’t back up into your new house.
  • Find out if there is a working sump pump in the home and how often it runs.
  • Find out if there is a working backwater valve and when the last time it was inspected and maintained.
  • In the basement, if possible, check for cracks in the foundation walls and floor.  Also see if there are any watermarks indicating previous flooding in the basement.
  • Take a look at the lot grading.  Does the lawn slope towards the house or away from the house?  Are the downspouts discharging to the lawn and away from the house?
  • If you’d like to learn more about drainage features to look for when buying a home, please contact the City to find out more, we are happy to help.   (519) 661-4570 or click on Wastewater and Drainage Engineering at the top of this page.
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