How to Reduce the Chances of Your Basement Flooding

If you ever had to deal with any type of water damage in your life, you may already know how much of an ordeal it can be. However, in many cases, floods could’ve been prevented by taking the proper precautions. Unfortunately, many simply don’t have a good understanding of house structure to begin with, and don’t know where to start. In this article, we’re going to give you a few tips on how to reduce the risks of floods in your basement.

Keep Downspouts and Gutters Clean


People who neglect cleaning their downspouts and gutters on a regular basis often don’t understand how devastating water flowing down the foundation can be. Keeping your downspouts and gutters clean is the best way to ensure that the water flows away from the structure, not against it. In some cases, you’ll have to install some extensions or use troughs to facilitate water flow. Constantly cleaning your gutters and downspout can seem like a chore, but that’s a small price to pay to prevent foundation damage.

Make Sure Your Yard is Properly Landscaped

Very few people know that the even the slightest yard incline or a sloped flower bed could have a direct effect on the chances of your basement flooding. If your yard is designed in a way that redirects the water to your home, the water will eventually start accumulating at the foundation. With enough time, it will start to penetrate.

If your basement is being flooded, you should inspect the interior first to see if there are any faults. You can visit a site like to see what you should be looking for. If you can’t find a physical or plumbing cause that might be the root of the flooding, then it could be the landscaping. So make sure to call a landscaping company and have them perform an inspection to see if there are any irregularities.

Maintain Your Sump Pump Properly

In some cases, faulty plumbing is at cause. What’s more frustrating with these kinds of accidents is that they are often not covered by insurance. Having a sump pump is a great way to protect your house against water damage, mold, and flooding, but that doesn’t mean that its fail safe.

Make sure that you inspect your sump pump regularly to make sure that it is properly connected and working, especially before a major storm. You should also consider investing in a generator to power the pump in case there’s an electricity shortage. You should invest in a replacement unit as well in case of emergency.

You should also take advantage of the occasion to check your sewer lines and septic system if you have one. Make sure that you run regular inspections on your septic tank system and clean it as well. Neglecting sewer line and septic tank inspections could lead to backups and end up overflowing in your basement.

Protecting your foundation from water damage and flooding is possible if you follow the proper procedures. Make sure that you follow the tips in this article if you want to prevent your basement from flooding once and for all.

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