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3 Tips To Protect Your Basement From Flooding

by Neil Craig

Even a little water in your basement can result in thousands of dollars in water damage. From ruined antiques, furniture, and stored clothing, to the possibility of mold growth in your home, there are numerous reasons why you should make safeguarding your basement from flooding a priority. This article will help you brush up on preventive steps to help keep the water at bay and ensure your basement remains dry all spring. 

Check the backwater valve

A clogged backwater valve can allow sewage from an overloaded main sewer to flow back to faucets such as sinks and toilets in your basement. Be sure to inspect the valve and remove any debris that would prevent it from closing properly and ensure that your sewers are cleaned regularly to remove obstructions that would cause a water backup. 

Sump pump maintenance

A sump pump is an important piece of equipment that keeps out flood water from your basement, so ensuring that it is in good working order is vital. Test the sump pump each spring to ensure that it is working and have it repaired if damaged. You should also confirm that the float switch isn't clogged by pouring water into the pump chamber and checking to see if it triggers the motor. During the rainy season, be sure to install a back-up sump pump and generator as a safety measure in case the main sump pump fails or power goes down. 

The discharge pipe on your sump pump should drain water far away from the house such as in a drain ditch or stream to prevent water from flowing back into your basement. You should also ensure that the discharge pipe isn't clogged up and that the sump pit is cleared of debris prior to the rainy season. If your sump pump switches on and off too often, this could indicate that it is overwhelmed and that an additional pump may be required to keep your basement dry. 

Gutters and downspouts

Your gutters and downspouts form part of your home's drainage system that helps keep water away from your foundation and basement. For starters, always clear debris from the gutters to prevent overflowing that could dump gallons of rainwater next to your foundation wall. If the gutters overflow even when clean, have them replaced with larger-sized gutters that can handle the water flow from your roof. 

Next, ensure that your downspouts drain water far away from your basement windows and foundation. If the downspouts are connected to your sewer system or drain tiles, call in a basement waterproofing contractor to disconnect them so as to prevent overloading your main sewer, which would cause water backups to your basement.