If water finds its way into your basement this spring, you can be left with a soggy mess to clean up and costly water damage repairs. Taking the following steps can lessen the risk of basement flooding and help you avoid the stress and expense of dealing with a disaster.
Check Gutters and Downspouts
Clear out accumulated debris and leaves, make sure the gutters are in good shape and reattach any loose downspouts. If you haven’t already done so, add troughs or extensions to the downspouts so draining water is kept at least three feet away from the foundation.
Repair Foundation Cracks
Check your basement floor and walls and inspect the foundation outside as well. Fill in any interior cracks you find with masonry sealer, and use epoxy on the exterior. If the cracks are significant, they’ll need professional waterproofing.
Inspect the Sump Pump
Test your sump pump to make sure it’s working properly, and clean out any debris from the sump pit. If you don’t own a generator to keep it running during a power interruption, buy a portable pump that operates on a 12-volt battery.
Avoid Sewer Backups
When runoff from melting snow and heavy spring rains saturates the soil, your sewer line or septic system is more likely to back up into the basement. To prevent this, have the septic tank pumped out or have a professional plumber inspect the sewer line and clear out any clogs or obstructions.
Fix Outdoor Drainage Issues
It’s easier for rain or runoff to infiltrate the basement if the surrounding ground doesn’t slope away from your foundation. To help water drain properly so the basement doesn’t flood, add topsoil around the foundation perimeter to increase the slope and then tamp it down well.
Install Window Well Covers
Have acrylic well covers installed on any below-grade windows. These covers are designed to attach snugly to the foundation to keep out rain and debris, while the clear material lets in daylight.
For more tips on how to prevent basement flooding, contact the Greater Cleveland home comfort pros at Geisel Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing.
Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues. For more information about basement flooding and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or give us a call at 440-345-8795.
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