Sep 12, 2015
4 Ways To Prevent Your Basement From Flooding
Basement flooding is both costly and dangerous for families around the world. With floods being the top natural disaster in the United States*, it’s important for homeowners to consider the various ways they can protect their homes to incur the least amount of damage and costs in the face of these unfortunate events.
Routinely clean your rain gutters: Rain gutters are an ingenious way of minimizing water damage to your home. Unfortunately, despite their productive role within your home, gutters tend to allow dirt, debris and unwanted items to build up, which hinders their ability to clear water away from your home.
In order to decrease your chances of flooding your basement, we recommend that you routinely clear your gutters so that all items that might cause the flow of water to be interrupted are removed.
When your gutters are clogged, rain water builds up and spills onto the siding of your home. The more excess water overflow that you allow, the more damage you incur and the more costly repairs become.
The consequences of clogged gutters also intensify during various seasons. Take winter, for example. Trapped gutter water freezes into blocks that can weigh enough to weaken its positioning, placing not only your basement, but your home’s siding in danger as well.
Please note that you’ll also need to clear your gutter more frequently in autumn, given that it’s the time of year when leaves are sure to clog your water flow.
Check for any damage in and around your home post-storms: Even though rainstorms don’t phase you, they might phase the outside of your house. That’s why it’s important to take it upon yourself to survey the damage after downpours in order to make sure everything is in tact. Oftentimes home owners underestimate the effect simple rain storms can have and don’t notice the deep water puddles they’ve caused that could seep into their basement.
Basement windows are particularly at risk, given that their window wells can trap a lot of garbage.
Seal cracks in windows: Window wells are designed to drain rainwater and preserve soil, but even windows equipped with them are susceptible to cracks. That’s why we advise closely inspecting your windows to make sure they’re properly sealed so that water doesn’t have the opportunity to seep into your basement.
Install a water sensor in your basement: One of the best places to place a water sensor in your basement is by the hot water tank. The pressure valves of hot water tanks can give out for a variety of reasons, ranging from age to faulty installation. I’ve found that my tank sometimes forms tiny puddles, and since I hate going into the furnace room where it’s located, I set my water sensor to text me anytime it detects a leak.
Has your basement ever flooded? Let us know what you’re doing to prevent it from happening again, in the comments below!
*Morgan, S. Water Damage Causes 9.1 Billion in Annual Homeowner Property Losses. Baty and Associates. October 23, 2014. Accessed July 23, 2015. http://batyins.com/categories-media/entry/311-water-damage-causes-9-1-billion-inannual-homeowner-property-losses