Protect Your Basement From Flooding

Spring is here which only really means melting snow and raining, so water, water, water. Protecting your basement from flooding is an important thing to focus on, as it can cause serious problems. Here is a complete guide on why you should and how you should protect your basement from flooding. 

Negative Effects Caused by Flooding

  • Chronically wet houses can cause respiratory problems
  • Repairing a finished basement can cost thousands of dollars
  • Insurance prices may increase due to flooding claims
  • Property value may depreciate

Why Do Basements Flood?

  • Leaks in your basement walls
  • Poor drainage
  • Failure of weeping tiles (foundation drains)
  • Rising ground water from over-saturated soil
  • Overflowing gutters, leaking or plugged downspouts
  • A blocked connection between your home and the street sewer
  • Back-ups of water in sewer system
  • Failed sump pump

Ways to Avoid Basement Flooding

  • Gutters and Downspouts Maintenance: Always make sure that your gutters and downspouts are not clogged by debris like leaves. A clogged gutter system can lead to the incorrect drainage of water, which can lead to water pooling next to your basement walls. This can cause soil saturation, leakage, and many other problems as already mentioned above. Also, make sure your downspout is at least 6 ft. from your basement walls, so the water doesn’t come back towards the house.
  • Lot Grading: If you have a lot where the land slopes toward the foundation, rainwater can pool and overload you drainage system. If the slope is inward, you may want to fill in and grade the lot so that for at least 6 ft. away from the foundation, the land slopes away.
  • Invest in Flood-Proofing Devices: Invest in flood prevention with devices such as sump pump or back flow valve.
  • Sump Pump Maintenance: Maintaining your sump pump is very important in order to ensure its functionality. Make sure to clean the sump pump each year after freeze up and make sure to test the pump each spring before the rainy season begins. Remove and thoroughly clean the pump at least once a year and check the discharge point regularly to make sure nothing blocks the flow.

Flood Insurance

Investing in flood insurance is very important in the case that your basement does end up flooding. Many people think that their homeowner’s policy covers flood damage, but that is not the case. Most standard homeowner’s policies do not include flood coverage so you have to buy it separately. Flood insurance policies do not cover basement improvements, such as finished walls, floors, ceilings, or personal belongings. Damaged caused by sewer or drain backup, or overflows from a sump pump or related equipment, are covered if the event is a direct result of flooding.

About the Author: Spencer is a guest contributor from Stay Dry Waterproofing, providing the top basement waterproofing services.

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