Summer showers could bring a big devastation to home owners: A flooded basement. When water enters, time is of the essence too. Water will need to be removed within 24 to 48 hours or mold, rust, and further damage could start to set in. Also, the situation can be dangerous: Home owners should be aware of debris, live power lines, and electrically charged water.

1. Watch the exterior: Clear rain gutters, repair roof leaks, and trim any tree branches that could fall on the house or other structures in your yard. Even better, if you can add it to your budget, extend your rain gutter downspouts to direct water further from your home during a storm.

2. Keep water flowing away: Make sure gutters and downspouts are free from debris and check that the water is flowing several feet away from the foundation. When it rains, do an inspection by walking around your property to locate where the water is draining. You may find a problem.

3. Unclog: During heavy rainfall, clogged sewers and over-taxed septic tanks can become a disaster. Make sure that your septic tank and sewer are inspected and cleaned at the beginning of every season. You may also want to consider installing a sub-pump to drain out unwanted standing water in case of flooding.

4. Examine your foundation: Check for small holes or cracks in the foundation where water could enter. “Even a few inches of water from excessive rain can cause interior water damage to carpet, drywall, wood floors, and even your home or business’ structure,” according to ServiceMaster Restore. “Also, be sure to check your basement door for any cracks.”

5. Review your policy: Review your insurance policy to note specifics on what is and is not covered, in case there is ever damage to your basement. You’ll know what to expect then.