Easy Checks That May Prevent Flooding in the Basement
When it comes to flooding, basements are at the top of the list. This will most likely not come as a surprise. But what is surprising is the number of homeowners that do not put some basic protocols in place to protect their basements. That’s why we are sharing some easy checks that may help prevent flooding.
CHECK YOUR SUMP PUMP
If you have a basement, sump pumps are a must against mold, flooding, and other types of water damage. Be sure your sump pump is installed correctly and working properly. It is also vital that you do routine maintenance on it to ensure it is doing its job.
You should also consider purchasing a secondary back-up pump with a backup power source. These are great to have in the event of the power going out or if your current pump fails.
Pay attention to signs that your pump is reaching the end of its use. Be sure to replace your pump before it fails.
CHECK FOR LEAKS
Even small leaks can turn into big problems. Burst or leaky pipes, broken supply hoses, or a leaking water tank or heater are often the culprits. Pipes and appliances should be inspected and maintainedon a regular basis to avoid water damage, especially in the basement.
Window wells need to be inspected. If they become filled with water, then water may leak into your space. It is recommended that window well coverings should be installed for homeowners with below-grade basement windows. With proper installation, these coverings offer waterproofing protection for your basement.
CHECK FOR PROPER LANDSCAPING
The slope of your yard should direct water away from your home to avoid the risk of water getting inside walls or damaging your foundation. Do a perimeter walk and take notice of any areas where you notice water pooling.
Most drainage issues can be solved with clever landscaping solutions like the use of downspouts, heavier mulch, creating a rain garden, or digging out a small indention, or swale, to divert water. More serious landscape issues may require you to regrade your lawn.
If mulch is used in flower beds and other parts of the home, be sure to keep a barrier of at least 6 inches between house walls and the landscaping.
Basement water disasters can cost a lot of time and money. Prevention is not always possible, but there are steps that can be taken to reduce the potential for problems.
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