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How to Protect Yourself from a Basement Flood This Spring

Basement Flood

To be forewarned is to be forearmed. As spring approaches, the chances of experiencing a basement flood are high. The snow is melting and there are heavy rains to contend with. Your lawn will probably look more like a river than the green oasis it was in the summer. In addition to all this, the ground thaws out and absorbs a lot of excess water.

All these occurrences are likely to cause problems to your basement. If you don’t prepare for the coming of spring, you’ll probably have to deal with a basement flood.

The good news is that there are several things you can do to prevent your basement from flooding. The tips below ought to get you started;

  1. Work on your landscaping

The grading of your lawn during winter will probably go ignored. This will lead to the collection of water in stagnant pools near the foundation walls. When the ground thaws out, the water will be absorbed by the soil and cause an increase in hydrostatic pressure against the foundation walls. This in turn can result in cracks on the foundation walls.

To prevent this, contact a professional to check your landscape and have it graded correctly. This will ensure that water flows away from your foundation walls.

  1. Ensure drainage systems are clear

Check your drainage systems. Are your gutters, downspouts or drains clogged with debris? How is your sewer system? Does it have backwater valves that can prevent backflow?

According to the American Society of Home Inspectors, most (95%) of basement floods that occur during spring are caused by clogged drainage systems. It is,therefore important to invest in the health of your drainage system by having it cleaned and maintained regularly. This is even more important in the onset of spring when these systems will be under more pressure from heavy rains and water from melting snow.

  1. Have a contractor install a sump pump and a backup pump

A sump pump will ensure that excess water in the basement is pumped out. This will prevent flooding. However, it is also important to ensure that you possess a backup pump that is battery operated. This ensures that; in case your primary sump pump does not function for any reason including power outages, the backup pump will take over and keep pumping the water out.

It is important to ensure that you get a battery backup pump that is the same capacity as your primary pump. This ensures that it is able to meet the demand.

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