Beware of Basement Flooding: What You Need To Know
Spring brings showers and flowers, or in some cases basement flooding. Depending on where you live along with the age and condition of your home you could be at risk for flooding in your home, even if it isn’t flooding outside. Each spring you should take some time and take the proper steps to prevent basement flooding. It’s fairly simple and you can DIY. It’s better to find problems now and have time to call in professionals if needed before your home is under water.
Tips to prevent basement flooding in your home:
Gutters & Downspouts
Gutters and downspouts play a critical role in keeping rainwater away from your home’s foundation. Make sure that your gutters are cleaned out every spring to make sure that the water has a clear path through instead of overflowing the gutter. Naturally, you downspouts should be pointed away from the house you then need to make sure that they water is draining far enough away from the foundation. Ideally you want storm water draining at least three feet from the base of the house. If your downspouts aren’t long enough go out and get extensions, troughs, or splash blocks.
Over time you landscaping wears down. Each year make sure that the landscaping surrounding your home is pitched away from the foundation. The slope of the soil should decline going away from the house. Ideally, try to get a grade of at least 1/4 inch per foot. To do this add soil and rake it downwards as you go away from the house. Here’s a DIY guide on how to measure landscaping grade.
Foundation cracks can be detrimental to your home’s basement. Make sure that you are checking the walls of your basement for any cracks or holes at least every spring. If you find minor cracks use expoxy or masonry sealer to seal them up. If you find major issues, or aren’t sure what to do, call the professionals at ARC Contracting.
If you have a below-grade sump pump, clear the well of debris and make sure that it is running properly. If you have a portable sump pump it needs to be placed in the lowest point of your basement and connected to a power source in order for it to work properly. If you don’t already have one, consider investing in a generator. Especially if you live in an area prone to storms and power outages, you need your sump pump to continue working even if the power is out.
Preventing basement flooding is a necessary task for homeowners everywhere. It’s better to take the steps to prevent basement flooding than having to deal with excess water later. If you have questions or concerns about the condition of your basement, contact ARC Contracting. Our team of professionals can help you identify problem areas and take the proper steps in protecting your home.