Tips To Prevent Basement Flooding

Posted on: January 18, 2017 by in Water Damage
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Basement flooding can be caused by several issues including drainage failure, cracks in the foundation or basement walls sump pump failure, poor lot drainage and overflowing downspouts. Regardless of the cause, it is important to ensure that you prevent flooding in your basement by all means.

Tips for preventing flooding in your basement

Install a sump pump

A home without a sump pump especially one with a basement below the water table has a higher chance of ending up with a wet basement when the heavy rains hit. A sump pump is very important as it pumps out excess water from heavy rains.

However, you need to know that one sump pump in your basement many not be enough as most of the sump pumps may not work because of a power outage or wearing out because it has been excessively used. When a sump pump fails, water will fill up your basement and flooding will follow.

To prevent any problems that may be caused by sump pump failure, install a backup sump pump powered by a battery.

Waterproof your basement

Check for any weak spots that may contribute to moisture downstairs. If you identify any problem areas, seal them off or take measures to divert the flow of water from your lower level.

Plumbing maintenance

You should inspect your plumbing thoroughly at least once or twice a year. This will help you ensure that all of your industrial fasteners are secure and that there are no leaks in the pipes. Inspect your backwater valves, sump pump, floor drains and backwater valves.

If you are not sure of what you are looking for, it is a good idea to hire a professional to do the inspection for you. A professional fully understands the job, and you can be sure that the inspection will be done thoroughly to prevent basement flooding.

Downspouts

Downspouts can lead to flooding in your basement if they are not placed in the right location or if the eaves troughs they are attached to are full of debris and leaves. Clean the eaves troughs more often and inspect all of the nuts and bolts holding them together.

This will ensure that the water can run easily to the downspout. Check to make sure that the downspout is placed in such a way that it faces away from the foundation and does not drain water right against the home as well.

Window wells

Basements usually have window wells to allow sunlight into the basement and provide additional emergency exits from the home. Unfortunately, these wells can also become holding grounds for water and can damage the seals on your windows until they leak.

The good news is that this problem can be solved with just a few fasteners and bolts. Nails, screws, and bolt fasteners install covers over your window wells to direct rainwater away from the well and your foundation.

If you follow the tips given in this article, you will be able to reduce or even completely prevent the occurrence of basement flooding.