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Published on April 3, 2021

5 Ways to Prevent Basement Flooding

When groundwater seeks the path of least resistance, basement flooding is expected. A crack in your foundation wall or slab floor could be that direction. It's also likely that it's coming up through the cove joint between your wall and the concrete. Water can get in through cracks in concrete stairwells, window wells, and cellar storm doors.

There are five things you can do to keep your basement from flooding. If all of these recommendations fail, then it might be time to contact a basement specialist. But first, give these ideas a shot. You may be able to solve your problem for little to no money.

1. Downspouts

Downspouts can also become clogged as a result of debris collecting in your gutter. The same dead leaves and twigs will clog a downspout, forcing water to flow through seams or back up to the surface. In the downspout from the roofline, insert a long water hose with a high-pressure nozzle. Connect the water hose to the faucet. The water's force should be sufficient to drive debris all the way through. The majority of downspouts have a basic splash block at the rim. The splash block is doing little to save the ground from being saturated. All of the rainwater that you divert from your roof, gutters, and downspout ends up in the ground. The same ground we're trying to keep from being saturated and flooding our basements.

2. Grade the Ground

You can already have basement flooding if your yard slopes into your building. A lawn that slopes downward at 1-inch per foot for 10 feet away from the house is always a good idea. It will help prevent your basement from being flooded during regular storms.

3. Sump Pump

Assume you have a submersible sump pump in a subfloor basket that you test once a year. Sump pumps are mechanical devices. Machines fail, but don't take your sump pump's mechanical state for granted. To see if the basket turns on, pour a gallon of water into it. If it isn't getting fuel, check to see if it is. Check to see if the fault-protector is in the right place. You may have to press the reset button. To make sure the pump switch isn't stuck, move the float up and down. Using a wet vac, remove any debris from the basket's rim. If everything else fails, get a new one right away. In the event of a basement flood, a portable sump pump will come in handy. Connect a water hose to the pump and position it far away from the building. Connect the pump to a power source and position it in the lowest part of your basement, where water appears to pool the most.

4. Backup a Generator

When the power goes out during a significant storm, a sump pump backup battery will give you peace of mind. A backup battery can help for 2 to 5 days, or even an entire week, depending on the severity of the problem. It does not require gas or propane to operate, and it is a more cost-effective alternative to a generator. A generator can power your sump pump and your whole house. It is possible to retain heat and hot water and keep food excellent in the refrigerator. It is a more expensive choice due to the increasing gasoline cost, but for others, the comfort is worth it. Unique installation and maintenance costs of $20,000 or more are needed for home standby units. You do not have much choice depending on where you live.

5. Roof Gutters

Clean out your gutters of any dead leaves, twigs, or acorns that may clog them and prevent water from flowing freely. The debris may obstruct the flow of water into the downspout. The gutter will fill with water, which will spill over the side and to the bottom. Rainwater will amplify ground saturation around your house in less time during a big storm. The weight of a lot of water in the soil will cause pressure to build up around your house. Clearing the gutters is a positive first step in avoiding basement flooding.

Clogged gutters and downspouts are not always the cause of basement flooding. We have discovered homes with a perfectly sloping lawn and a flooded basement due to responsible homeowners. Give us a call if you need a basement waterproofing expert to help you with your water problem.

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