“Even if it has never happened before, every home is vulnerable to basement flooding.”
Every homeowner’s worst nightmare is a flooded basement. Unfortunately, it can happen at any time and for a variety of reasons.
Flooding and unexpected water levels will always be considered for homeowners, particularly those with basements because there is only so much we can do once Mother Nature has laid her course.
5 TIPS TO SECURE YOUR BASEMENT
Your basement should not be leaking and wet every time it rains. If this is a problem for you, there are many steps you can take to secure your underground man cave, gym, theatre, or a storage area.
- Gutters should be cleaned
During heavy rain, clogged gutters fail to drain properly, causing water to pool directly beneath them on the foundation around the boundary of your house.
Keep debris out of the gutters and downspouts away from the foundation. The aim is to drain stormwater for at least three feet away, so consider running extensions or troughs if needed.
- CHECK FOUNDATION CRACKS
Take a glance at cracks in your home’s foundation from the inside and outside. If you notice any small cracks, seal them with sealant. Fill each foundation’s cracks with epoxy, and if danger signs are detected, apply masonry sealer indoors. Furthermore, if the cracks are immense, you will need the assistance of a professional to repair them before they cause serious damage to your basement.
- Correctly grade your lawn.
You are at serious risk of basement flooding if the yard around your house grades or slopes toward the house rather than away from it.
Water would have to go somewhere when it rains. If you take a walk around your house and realize that your lawn does indeed slope toward your outside walls, you have various landscaping options to correct this. Therefore, if the ground does not slope away from your house, you should re-grade it.
You can try the following landscaping ideas:
- Diverting rain spouts.
- Constructing a rain garden.
- Putting in a green roof.
- Downspouts should be extended and turned away from your house
Rather than connecting downspouts to your footer drain or having them end straight above the ground around your home, add just a little more material so that the water flows out of the spout further away from the outside boundary.
Make sure to guide it toward lawn areas that are graded away from your home so that the water does not easily flow back and sit against your outside walls. If this happens, the water that accumulates during heavy rains will saturate the ground, ultimately causing basement flooding.
- INSTALL a sump pump
Installing an automatic sump pump in your basement can help keep water buildup from rainfall events under control and help stop basement flooding.
Secondly, if you have a below-grade sump pump, ensure that it’s well is clean. If you have a portable pump, place it in the bottom part of the basement and make sure it is connected to a power source.
CALL A PROFESSIONAL
While following these tips can help reduce the risk of basement flooding, there is no assurance that you’ll be able to prevent water from piling up in your basement on all occasions. In the event of a strong storm and your basement floods, causing serious water damage to your basement, contact a professional as soon as possible to have your home or property restored to a clean and dry state.