flooded basement in an old decaying houseOne of the greatest disasters that can befall your home is to have the basement flood. Like most people, you probably use your basement for both leisure and storage. Christmas decorations, exercise machines, perhaps even a full bar can be found in this region resting underneath your home. Whatever the items, it is safe to assume that most of those items are valuable and vulnerable to water damage. Furthermore, a flooded basement can lead to water damage in the rest of your home, costing you thousands of dollars in repairs and replacements. Thankfully, basement floods are preventable, and here are just a few tips to help keep your home dry over the wettest of seasons.

Re-Grade the Perimeter

As every individual learns from elementary school, water flows downhill. Given that, make sure that your home sits at the top of its own hill. Make sure the soil and foundation surrounding the perimeter of your home rests on a slight incline to encourage drainage away from the house. Doing this means that all the water that ends up in your lawn will flow towards the street instead of into your basement. It is advisable to have a grade of roughly two inches for every foot leading away from the house to prevent flooding.

Check the Basement’s Sump-Pump

Your basement should have a sump pump installed to help remove water that does manage to get into your basement. This device, like any other piece of machinery, requires regular maintenance. Perform routine checks of your pump and periodically test it to make sure it is fully operational. This will keep your basement bone dry in the long wet months ahead and save you from potential water damage.

The best way to test the sump pump is to open up the cover and pull on the floater. This floater should cause the pump to activate, if it does not, then have the pump replaced. You may also want to consider purchasing a backup power supply for your pump so it remains operational in the event of power failure in your area during a particularly fierce storm.

Downspout Drainage System

Make sure that downspouts redirect water away from your house. Depending on your area, you may be able to get away with an extension on your downspout that keeps water away from our foundation. We recommend a full drainage system that directs the water underground and away from your home. In either case, it is important that this drainage system is maintained so that your home can be prepared in the event of heavy rains.

Regular Gutter Cleanings

Another way to prevent basement flooding is to keep your gutter system clean and free of debris. If your gutters are not adequately maintained, water will have nowhere to go except over the edges of the system. This could cause water to spill out and drain into the foundations, causing damage to your home and water to end up in your basement. We recommend seasonal gutter cleanings to ensure against the buildup of debris.

These are just a few of the methods you can employ yourself to keep your basement dry and protect your home from water damage. Whatever methods you choose to employ, just make sure you stay on top of your home maintenance, and you will enjoy a dry basement throughout the lifetime of your home.