How To Prevent Basement Flooding
If your basement has ever flooded or suffered water damage of any kind, you know how frustrating it can be. Or even when it hasn’t happened to you before, you should know that every home is at risk of flooding in the basement. Water in your basement would most likely occur after heavy rainfall, or when snow and ice are melting.
The good news is that you can take action to either reduce it or to prevent it. With a few easy maintenance tips and a sharp eye, you can lower your flood risk considerably.
Preventative maintenance is essential.
Make sure that your gutters drain correctly and are clean by running a hose through them.
Make sure all downspouts are pointing away from your home, and are properly connected.
Make sure that your yard landscapes correctly away from home.
If you do not have a sump pit with a sump pump in your basement, invest in one (ensure that the company you are hiring to set up one pulls a work permit — and the city inspects the job).
Make sure that your sump pump is functioning by routine checking.
Sump pumps wear out, and they will need to be replaced every 3-5 years, even though they never get used.
Make sure you clear out all the leaves/grass/debris from any window and hire a professional who can assist, if you are an elderly person or physically unable to do such things on your own.
Owning a house is never a walk in the park. If problems emerge from flooding, fire damage or even mould production, problems are bound to occur-after all, there’s no such thing as a “perfect house.” By becoming a diligent homeowner, you can spot tiny and easily fixable issues before they become full-blown disasters.
If you need to know more about preventing basement flooding, call Shaul’s at 778-397-4850 to schedule an appointment with us.