If you live in a flood zone or an area that is prone to the occasional downpour, it’s important to take the proper steps to prevent basement flooding. There are plenty of little things you can do to help keep your home dry without breaking the bank. One thing you need to avoid at all costs is a pool of water from surrounding the foundation of your home.
Here’s a step-by-step rundown of how to accomplish that in as little time and with as little money as possible.
Check Gutters and Downspouts: A simple cleaning can avoid clogs that create a nightmare scenario. Clogged gutters and downspouts cause water to run down the side of the house and pool next to the home. This water eventually will make its way to the basement.
Extend Downspouts: One of the best things you can do is to extend downspouts away from your home. This is typically done by attaching black plastic piping onto the downspouts. The piping should be at least 10 feet and lead to a drainage system or a hill that runs away from the home.
Regrade the Perimeter: Use topsoil and mulch to create a sloping effect against the foundation. By doing this, it will cause the rainwater to flow away from the home.
Check the Sump Pump: It’s imperative that the sump pump is in proper working condition. All you have to do is pull up the cover and listen for the motor. If it’s not running and you’re sure that it’s installed properly, it might be time for a replacement.
Much like the extended downspouts, make sure the sump pump discharge pipe extends a significant distance away from the foundation of the home. You don’t want want draining back into the home.
Backup Energy Source: Just because the electricity goes out doesn’t mean your sump pump has to stop working. Having an alternative backup energy source could save you from a basement flood.
Clear Drainage System: Debris can easily clog a drainage system and cause flooding in a basement. Older homes that have outdoor steps that lead to a basement usually have a drain. This small drain can easily be clogged by plastic and other materials.
Utilizing these simple tips can undoubtedly prevent a disastrous basement flood. The best part is that all of these tips are easy to implement and will not break the bank.