SCOTCH PLAINS-FANWOOD, NJ – Heavy rains this week caused flooding throughout Union County and potentially harming many homes.

Flood is a term that can make any homeowner cringe, yet it is an all-too common occurrence. 

The best way control flooding is to take all the necessary precautions of maintaining your home, says Mitch Harris, founder of Experts of H.O.M.E., a revolutionary service company that provides homeowners with essential maintenance and management services.

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“Many people will maintain their cars, but in large part they fail to properly maintain and protect the largest investment they make in life: their home,” explained Harris, a licensed real estate broker for over 25 years who has been involved with the construction of nearly 600 new houses.

Three tips that all homeowners should follow to avoid flooding, according to Harris are to:

  • Clean gutters and downspouts – Often homeowners will clean their gutters, but forget about the downspouts and leaders.  Blocked gutters will cause excess water to dump against a home’s foundation and increase the chances of flooding.
  • Maintain proper grading around the home – The grade of the land surrounding the home should encourage excess rain water to slope away from the home.  This helps prevent flooding in basements. 
  • Assure that the water removal systems are functioning properly – Harris estimates that 95 percent of homes in this area have a pit for sump pumps, but it is important to understand that the water removal systems are functioning properly.

“It is important for homeowners that have sustained water damage in their homes to understand the type of insurance coverage that they have,” suggests Harris.  “Every situation is different.”

Experts of H.O.M.E. offers a full range of preventative care packages and maintenance plans, as well as, dozens of real estate based consulting services. For more information, visit  http://www.

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