A basement offers a versatile extra space, natural insulation, and easy access to utilities. But due to its location, it’s highly prone to water damage.
Whether it’s excess rain or a plumbing leak, gravity will ensure that all the water ends up in the basement. And apart from property loss like irreplaceable family heirlooms and keepsakes, water damage can cause other serious problems including mold growth and structural damage.
The good news is there are steps you can take to protect your space. Follow these top five ways to flood-proof your basement.
Direct Water Away From the Foundation
One of the easiest and most effective ways to prevent basement flooding is directing water away from the foundation of your home. Surface water seeping through any exterior opening near your foundation wall can lead to basement flooding problems.
Some of the best solutions are:
- Keep a well-maintained gutter system
- Extend the downspouts – preferably six feet away from the foundation
- Regrade your yard to slope it away from the foundation
- Install a French drain or a basement drain system
- Install sprinkler systems further away from the wall
- Create a swale on your landscape
2. Seal the Basement
When the soil around the foundation receives excess water, the pressure can create severe cracks in the basement foundation. If you notice any cracks, you need to call a professional for assessment and repairs.
Problems in the basement foundation tend to bring other issues such as openings or cracks in the basement walls and floors. Consider hiring a professional to apply a waterproof sealant to heal the cracks.
The experts need to check the basement windows, doors, and hatchway seams for openings and apply new caulking as required. You can also install wells for windows below the lot’s surface. Ensure that they are firmly secured to the foundation.
3. Install a Sump Pump
Investing in a sump pump is a preventative measure that saves you time, money, and the hassle of dealing with constant basement flooding. While it does not prevent water from accumulating, it can move the water to a more convenient location like a reservoir.
Ensure that your sump pump is debris-free, in proper working condition, and has a backup power system to cover power outages for effective service.
Plant native grasses and ferns that are hardy and more drought-tolerant in a rain garden near the house. A rain garden captures the excess water from the downspouts and gutters acting as a natural barrier to standing water near the basement.
5. Sewer Maintenance
If you experience basement flooding with wastewater, you may be dealing with a broken sewer line. The best way to prevent such an occurrence is to contact sewer and drain experts to remove any debris in the sewer pipes and complete the necessary repairs.
Contact HHE for Superior Water Damage Restoration Services
If you’re experiencing a flooded basement, contact Healthy Home Environmental. We offer fast and effective water damage restoration services that will leave your basement looking brand new. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.