Basement flooding is an unfortunate reality of being a homeowner, causing millions of dollars of damage in the United States every year. Despite this, many homes are not adequately protected against this commonly occurring incident.
Because the basement is below ground level, it is at risk from water and dampness. Therefore, it is important to understand the local environment, as this will allow you to protect your home better should the need arise.
Many things can lead to basement flooding, and they can occur at any time of the year. These are some common causes of basement flooding:
# A large amount of groundwater
# Basement located below the water table
# Heavy rain
# Damaged foundations
# Damage to outer walls
# Water Leaks
# Blocked sewers and drainage systems
There are some steps that you can take to protect your basement against flooding.
No matter where you live, we highly recommend waterproofing your basement. There are many different methods available, such as special paints, sealants, and cavity drain membranes.
We recommend that you have an expert assess your basement area for signs of dampness and mold, as well as any structural issues with the foundations. All these factors can indicate that the basement could flood if there is heavy rainfall.
If you live in an area that is susceptible to groundwater flooding, a sump pump is an essential defense mechanism. These devices are designed to move water away from the house and will usually protect the home in the event of a rainstorm.
There are many different kinds of sump pumps on the market, varying in size and cost. Sump pumps usually use two different systems: pedestal and submersible. Which one is best for you will depend on the location of your house and the level of water in the area.
In the event of a major storm or flash flood, you should consider having a backup pump or generator on hand. This will ensure that the system keeps on working even if there are issues with the power.
Install Proper Drainage Systems
Another precaution that can be taken is to make sure that the internal and external drainage systems provide sufficient protection. In areas below the water table or at risk from flooding, foundation drains, and external drainage needs to be considered. A good system, combined with a sump pump, should help keep your basement dry.
Making sure that gutter downspouts move water away from the house is essential. If they become blocked, damaged, or are incorrectly positioned, some of the water will likely make its way into the basement. Simple fixes can make a big difference. You should check the pipes and gutters regularly throughout the year, and make sure they extend away from the house.
Also, you can aid drainage by making sure the land around the house drains downhill wherever possible. By doing this, you are helping nature take its course, and gravity will direct the water away from your home.
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