How to Prevent Basement Flooding

How to Prevent Basement Flooding

Water intrusions into your basement can leave you facing considerable mess and costly property damage. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to make your home less vulnerable to basement flooding so you can avoid the headaches and expense of fixing water damage. Here’s what to do:

Inspect Your Gutters and Downspouts

Repair damaged gutters, make sure the downspouts are secure, then clean out leftover leaves and other debris so water can flow freely. If a downspout lets water drain within three feet of the foundation, add an extension or trough beneath it.

Check for and Fix Foundation Cracks

Examine the basement walls and floor, and check outside around the foundation to identify any cracks where water can enter. Seal them by applying epoxy on the outside, and masonry sealer indoors. If you find serious issues, the basement may need professional waterproofing.

Inspect the Sump Pump

Clear out any accumulated debris from the sump pit, and test the sump pump to ensure it’s fully functional. If you have an electric pump but you don’t own a generator to keep it operational in a power outage, consider buying a battery-operated backup unit and put it in place.

Take Care of the Sewer

Heavy rains and melting snow can saturate the soil and cause a septic or sewer backup in your basement. To limit the risk of this happening, get the septic tank pumped or have a plumbing professional check your main sewer line and clean out any partial clogs or blockages.

Correct Landscape Drainage Problems

If the ground around your foundation doesn’t have sufficient slope, runoff or rain can easily enter the basement. You can reduce the chances of this happening by adding more topsoil around the perimeter of the foundation, but be sure to tamp it down properly.

Add Window Well Covers

If your basement has below-grade windows with wells, install clear acrylic covers that seal tightly against the foundation to stop water intrusions but allow light to enter.

For more advice about preventing basement flooding in your Monmouth County home, contact Aggressive Mechanical Contractors today.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Monmouth County, New Jersey and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).

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