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Avoiding Basement Flooding: Tips and Tricks

May 21, 2015 Homeowner Tips

As summer thunderstorms become more prevalent, flooded basements become a bigger issue for homeowners. Follow these tips to prevent a flood in your basement, protecting your home and belongings.

Gutters

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Gutters are an essential part of your home. If you do not have them, they should be a top priority. For those who do have gutters, they should be checked and cleaned on a regular basis to ensure they are in good working condition. Clean your gutters at least twice a year, more if you live in an area with lots of tall trees. Keep your gutters clean so they can direct water away from the foundation of your home.

Fix the Cracks

Check the foundation of your home for cracks. Even small cracks that don’t seem too dangerous can lead to a slow water leak into your home, causing damage. Not only are these small openings perfect for water, pests that thrive on moisture will make their way into your home. Protect yourself against these problems by sealing any cracks when you first notice them.

Go Outside During a Storm

When a heavy rainstorm hits your area, grab your rain jacket and head outside. Walk around the perimeter, examining how your home and yard is taking the storm. If water is pooling close to the foundation, this could be a serious problem. In many cases, you may need to put some effort into the landscape of your yard. Sloping the grass and concrete away from your house rather than towards it directs water away, preventing pooling.

Sump Pump Maintenance

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If your home has a sump pump, proper maintenance is crucial to help you prevent water damage. If a large storm is coming, check the sump pump to ensure it’s properly working. It may be wise to invest in a generator specifically for your sump pump. These devices may work to prevent normal basement leaks, but it needs to be properly maintained. Keep this in mind before completely relying on the sump pump in your home. It’s never a bad idea to invest in a backup sump pump for emergency situations.

Look Into Flood Insurance

Assess your situation and determine whether or not flood insurance is a good option for you. There may be some stipulations about whether your home insurance agent provides flood insurance, figure this out and act accordingly.

As with all disasters, prevention is much easier than dealing with a flood retroactively. Make sure you take the steps to properly protect your home against flooding. Once water damage is delivered, mold can quickly set in. Avoid these problems entirely by first preventing against basement floods.

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