If you have a basement, there may come a time that you have to deal with the common problem of flooding. While this is a common issue in houses that have basements, it is still serious. Basement flooding can lead to real and negative consequences that can impact your life, your home, and your health.
- Houses that are continually wet from flooding have been linked to respiratory problems.
- When flooding occurs often, it can often result in permanent damage to your home, and the personal items you have in your basement, which are most likely not covered by your insurance.
- If your insurance is continually compensating you for damage caused by flooding, your rate will most likely increase.
- If you decide to sell your home, you may find that frequent basement flooding has significantly decreased your property value.
Basement flooding can be caused by a number of issues, including cracks in your foundation or basement walls, drainage failure, poor lot drainage, sump pump failure, and overflowing downspouts. No matter what the cause however, preventing flooding in your basement is important to ensuring your home, wallet, and health are secure.
Tips for Preventing Flooding in Your Basement
- Plumbing Maintenance- At least once or twice a year, inspect your plumbing thoroughly to ensure all of your industrial fasteners are secure and there are no leaks in the pipes. Also inspect your sump pump, backwater valves, and floor drains. If you are unsure of what you are looking for, hire a professional to do the inspection for you so you can be sure you are safe.
- Backup Sump Pump- In the event of a power failure, your sump pump may quit working and back up. Purchasing a backup sump pump that runs on batteries can save you from a flooding disaster in your basement. These backup pumps can often be placed right beside your main pump.
- Furnishings- You can’t prevent all situations, so it is best to be prepared for them. If a flood occurs, make sure all of your furniture have legs long enough to keep the fabric and cushions from becoming wet. Use ceramic tiles on the walls to reduce the amount of damage that can occur and to make cleanup a breeze. Also, consider area rugs instead of carpet. These can be easily removed and cleaned if a flood occurs.
- Downspouts- Many times, downspouts can cause 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. Make sure clean the eaves troughs often and to inspect all of the nuts and bolts holding them together to ensure water can run easily to the downspout. Check to make sure the downspout is placed in such a way that it faces away from the foundation and doesn’t drain water right against the home as well.
- Window Wells- Many times, basements 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. Luckily, this problem can be fixed with just a few fasteners and bolts. Using screws, nails, and bolt fasteners, install covers over your window wells to direct rainwater away from the well and your foundation.
If you are having trouble with basement flooding, make sure you consider these tips to reduce the chances of flooding or prevent it completely.