While we all know that basements can flood, many of us don’t take the precautions necessary to reduce our risk. Here are six great ways to keep your basement dry or lessen the damage.
#1 Clean Out Your Eaves and Downspouts
To protect your home from basement flooding, make sure you have good drainage from your roof. If you don’t clean your eaves and downspouts, clogs can cause water will fill up and spillover. In winter, pooled water may freeze, causing breaks and water to run down, which can collect at the foundation.
#2 Don’t Pour Oils, and Grease Down the Drain
Oils and grease should be thrown away. Don’t pour them down your drain because they can back up your pipes. They solidify when they cool and can cause a backup that could flood your basement.
#3 Fill Cracks in Your Foundation
If the groundwater level around your home gets high, it may be able to get into foundation cracks and cause a leak. If you have cracks in your home’s foundation or walls, seal them up.
#4 Check Your Sump Pump
A sump pump in your basement collects groundwater and pumps it away from the house. If you don’t have one, you should absolutely get one. If you do have a sump pump, make sure it’s sized properly, maintained, and has backup power.
#5 Keep Catch Basins Clear of Debris
Storm sewer grates located on the street are responsible for storm runoff drainage to the storm sewer. These grates can get covered with debris and prevent water from draining, which can then cause or worsen flooding. Keep the debris away from the drainage grates.
#6 Address Areas Around the House
There are several things that can be done around your home to make a flood less likely. While these projects might be beyond the abilities of a handy homeowner, it may be worth bringing in help. These are also great things to look for when buying a new home!
- Foundation Drainage System – There are a variety of types, such as the French Drain, all of which direct water away from the home and its foundation.
- Lot grading – Make sure the slope of your yard allows the water to flow away from your home.
- Backfill – You should fill and grade any settled backfill areas close to your foundation so it will allow water to drain away from the home.
- Fix Reverse-Slope Driveways – A reverse-slope driveway is one that goes downhill towards the home, rather than downhill toward the road. These driveways increase your chance of flooding. Think about changing your driveway slope.
We hope you find these suggestions to prevent basement flooding helpful. Of course, be sure to keep our number handy just in case. One Stop Restoration is available 24/7 with a team of experts who will mitigate damage and start the process of restoring your property right away.