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Basement Flooding: What To Do Next

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Nearly every basement will experience standing water at one point or another, even if it is only a few inches. However, frequent flooding is a major concern that could affect the health and safety of your family. Fortu­nately, there are a few things you can do to ensure your basement is as water­proof as possible.

#1. Inspect gutters and downspouts

Keep your gutters and downspouts free of debris so that water will not have a chance to build up around your foundation. Use exten­sions or troughs if necessary to ensure that rainwater drains at least three feet away from your foundation. Maintaining your gutters also adds curb appeal and makes it less likely your home will be broken into.

#2. Seal foundation and basement wall cracks

Inspect your foundation and basement walls for hairline cracks, which may then be filled with epoxy. Next, apply masonry sealer, which will prevent water from seeping into the pores of your concrete.

#3. Install window well covers

Window well covers are made of clear acrylic, and cover the surface of your window so that water cannot enter from around the edges. Flood detection experts report that these covers are especially beneficial on home that have below-grade windows.

#4. Ensure the ground around your foundation slopes away from your home

If the ground surrounding your home is flat or slopes inward, this makes it more likely that water will enter during a heavy rainstorm. Your land should have a slope of at least two percent.

#5. Install drains

Consider placing a French drain outside your home to redirect ground water away from it. Under­ground PVC pipes around your perimeter will also divert water into other areas of your yard. Install one or more floor drains inside your basement so that if water does enter, there is some method for it to escape; you may want to consider one or two wall drains in strategic locations as well.

#6. Have a sump pump and backup

A sump pump is your last line of defense against standing water, and serves as a flood detection device that kicks in automat­i­cally. Although not required, installing a backup pump would protect you in the event your main pump becomes overworked. Sump pumps do require electricity in order to operate, so if you are concerned about a storm knocking your power out you may want to install a generator as well.

For many homeowners, the idea of a basement flooding when they are away is troubling. If you are concerned about this possibility, consider having us install a flood detection system, which will warn you of potential water damage so that you can take action immediately. To find out more, please contact us.