Tips to Keep Your Home’s Basement from Flooding

Tips to Keep Your Home's Basement from FloodingBasement flooding is a mess to clean up and drying it out is rarely the end of the story. Damage to drywall or items stored in the basement and the possibility of mold growth are all things you might face. Take the following steps to prevent this home disaster.

Clear Your Gutters

Clogged gutters cause rainwater to overflow and pour down near the foundation. Clear debris out before storm season and then check gutters weekly afterward.

In addition to cleaning, repair or replace broken or sagging section and lengthen the downspout to prevent water from pooling close to the foundation. Attach a long trough to channel water from the downspout at least 10 feet away from the home.

Use Plastic Covers over Basement Window Wells

Window wells are supposed to be waterproof, but this doesn’t mean water won’t collect and seep into the basement. Keep the rainwater away by covering them with plastic covers and you’ll cut your risk of basement flooding.

Maintain Your Sump Pump and Add a Battery Backup

A sump pump does the very important job of preventing basement flooding in many homes. However, pumps must have power. Thunderstorms often bring both lighting and heavy rain. If the power goes out and your sump pump does not have another power source, then a flooding disaster can occur quickly. Make sure your sump pump has a battery backup for these occasions.

Slope Soil Downward from the Foundation

Inspect the soil around your foundation. If it is level or, even worse, slopes down towards the foundation, the risk of basement flooding increases. One easy solution is to add soil to change the slope so that rainwater will naturally travel away from the home. You can do this yourself with a shovel or you can hire a professional who can do it more quickly with better earth-moving equipment.

Seal Cracks

Each crack in your foundation or basement walls allows moisture to penetrate and can lead to flooding. Seal all that you can locate.

For more information about preventing basement flooding, please contact us at Team Bob’s Heating Cooling Plumbing.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Traverse City, Michigan and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about basement flooding and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 231-714-6196.

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