If you already experienced having a flooded basement; you already know how inconvenient it is in dealing with all the water and moisture. Dehumidifying the basement takes a lot of time but it’s highly recommended. Leaving a basement with plenty of moisture can inhibit the production of mould and mildew which is another problem. In order to prevent fungal growth, you must dehumidify the whole basement. If you don’t want to experience this problem then you need to do the necessary steps to avert it. Check out these top methods in preventing your basement from flooding.
- Place a sump pump
Having a basement without any sump pump is just a bad idea. Basements are prone to many types of flooding which is why you need to install a device that will pump water out of the area. One particular device designed to keep basements flood-free is the sump pump. This is how it works: when water level rises in the basement; the sump pit will gather water and then the float switch will trigger. A triggered float switch will cause the motor to start and let the pump begin absorbing water.
For those who already have a sump pump, you mustn’t forget to check it occasionally or do maintenance. It’s very important for the pump to be in working condition; otherwise it won’t do anything if it’s needed when flooding occurs. Make sure there isn’t anything that’s blocking the pipes used for pumping the water out. The float switch must also be working. Pour a bucket of water (or as needed) and then wait for the pump to start absorbing the water. If the sump pump is unable to start on then the float switch is probably broken.
- Gutters and downspouts
Gutters and downspouts help keep rainwater away from your household. It’s important to remove debris and other obstructions found in the gutter and downspouts to ensure the rain water is flowing. Another integral thing you should take note is that the drain should be 7 cm away from the basement entry or drain stormwater. This will prevent the basement area from getting excess water.
- Make sure the sewer and septic systems aren’t clogging by having them inspected
Your sewer line and septic system can contribute to a basement flood if these areas are clogged. It’s difficult to inspect these plumbing systems on your own which is why you need to get professional plumbing services to have it checked. Sewer and septic systems that are heavily clogged can be filled if ever there is a downpour. In most cases, the sewer line overflows and the excess wastewater goes to the basement — bringing sewer wastes.
- Consider having insurance for your basement
The basement isn’t covered in most homeowner insurance. You should consider adding your basement if you want it to be refurbished in case a flood still occurs. Don’t forget to get evidence of the flood if it ever happens by capturing photos or videos of the damage.