Preventing Basement Flooding
The rains and increased surface water runoff that characterize the spring season can be dangerous to your basement. Water can seep through your foundation and cause basement flooding. This mess usually leaves a lot of work to be done and can be costly. Fortunately, you can take the steps below to protect your basement from flooding.
Check for Cracks
Take a stroll inside your basement and around your house and check if the walls, floors, and exterior foundation have cracks. Fill foundation cracks with epoxy. If you spot any warning signs indoors, apply masonry sealer.
Maintain Gutters and Downspouts
Blocked rain gutters and very short downspouts will dump water close to your foundation and increase the chances of basement flooding. Clean your gutters and extend your downspouts to drain storm water at least three feet away from your foundation.
Invest In a Sump Pump
An automatic sump pump is a good investment for your basement because it helps prevent water from building up inside it. If you already have one, check it to ensure it’s free of debris and working properly. It’s also a good idea to install a battery-operated backup pump to work when your main pump fails.
Regrade Around Your Home
Your yard can direct water to your foundation and basement. If this is the case, contact an excavation contractor or landscaper for advice on how to make it slope away from your house.
Check Your Septic System
Overtaxed septic tanks and clogged sewers can accelerate flooding. Spring is an excellent time to call in a professional to inspect your sewer and clean your tank.
Think proactively to make sure your basement remains nice and dry.