If there is one thing that every home owner dreads, it’s this – a flooded basement!
Every home is prone to the flooding of the basement, even if there may never have been a flooding incident before. Water is most likely to gather in your basement when there's been a heavy rainfall, a spring thaw, and/or when the winter snow melts.
The expenses of fixing the damage caused by this widespread problem can run into millions of dollars. These costs are fiscal as well as emotional as they include repairing/replacing not only personal property, but also the personal efforts that go into restoring/fixing and replacing the possessions lost. Undoubtedly, it is in a home owner’s best interest never to experience a basement flood at all.
Having a basement can be a pleasure as well as a pain – pleasure because, well, you’ll have a basement; and pain because it could get flooded.
If you do have a basement, it makes sense that you equip yourself with all the knowledge and the best practices related to avoiding flooding. Still, the risk of basement flooding cannot be completely mitigated.
However, if you thought there was no way to prevent your basement from flooding, think again! There are steps you can take to keep it dry. In this post, we look at what these steps entail and how you can keep your basement from flooding this spring/monsoon.
Clear the Gutters
It is always better to be prepared for a catastrophe in advance. So get cracking while you still have the time and before spring sets in. Have your gutters and downspouts cleaned out. By leaving them clogged, you only up the risk of the water running down the walls instead and collecting around your house.
Additionally, if you have steps outside your house that lead down to your basement, make sure that the drain at the base of the steps is unclogged as well, especially if it is small.
If you have window wells for below-grade windows, get rid of the debris, if any. Shield it with a clear plastic cover to keep the water and debris away.
Drive the Water Away
It is best to direct rainwater as far away as possible so that it does not gather anywhere near your house. Extending your downspouts away from the house by attaching a corrugated plastic pipe can work well here. It is easily available at any hardware store. Make sure the pipe extends at least 10 feet away from your home.
Re-grade Around Your Home
It would help if you re-grade around the perimeter of your home to lead the incoming drainage away from the foundation of your house. You can place compacted soil along the below-grade walls to create a small slope against the foundation. Follow this up by preparing an organic soil mix and use it as mulch to make the ground appear more attractive.
Do ensure that the soil does not cover the brick veneer as this may lead to the collection of water on top of the foundation wall and ultimately into your basement. Take special care around places inside your house where two walls intersect to create a corner. Such places encourage corrosion.
Get a Sump Pump
If you don’t already have a sump pump installed, do get one. If you have it, ensure that it is in proper working condition. Plug it into a power source, pull up on the float and make sure that you hear the motor running. If it doesn’t, you know it’s time to get a new one.
Sump pumps can be very effective in times of heavy rain. If your power tends to go out a lot, do buy yourself a battery-operated one.
You will also have to see to it that the sump pump discharge pipe is extended at a great distance from your home’s foundation walls. Else there is a risk of having that same water entering back into your drainage system. Feel free to use the same kind of plastic pipe you used to extend your downspouts.
Install a Flood Control System
When it comes to preventing your basement from flooding, nothing will bring you more peace than having a robust flood control system in place.
These systems are manufactured for installing in residential spaces, keeping in mind the weather of that particular region.
Such a system can be easily fitted inside or outside a home. It is dependable and virtually maintenance-free. Typically, it uses a strong pump, and a network of check valves. This lets your waste water drain out to your city’s main sewer and ensures that no backwater gets logged into your home or basement. All this even during the most powerful rain and storms!
To take care of the flood control system, all you will need to do is get it serviced every once in a while and it will perform optimally when you need it to.
Now there is no need to bear the brunt of the weather god’s bad mood. Being prepared to deal with flood situations will make it easier for you to keep your basement and home protected, and spare you the worry of having to take care of the wreckage left behind. With the above tips your basement can be a dry and a safe place even during the worst of monsoons.