How to Prevent Basement Flooding

If you have a basement, you should worry about it flooding. Having a flooded basement means you can’t access a key part of your house that you might need. Many people keep their laundry, guest rooms, or game rooms in their basements and a flood could completely destroy them. Preventing a flood before it happens should be a priority in any home with a basement.

Lawn Grading 

Preventing water from building up on the side of your house is an excellent first step. One of the best ways to do this is to make sure the land around your house is angled away from the sides of the building.

Ideally, the land should be angled to prevent it from accumulating with the ability to drain down a slope toward the roads and gutters. The good news is that the landscaping required to fix this can be easily accomplished and as creatively as you might want.

You can try these solutions to prevent water buildup around your house:

  • Divert rain spouts
  • Install a garden
  • A green roof or living roof
  • Add, remove, or displace dirt to create a slope

Extend Downspouts

If you have downspouts, it may be better to extend them before angling them away from your house. Having them go straight down or into a footer drain can lead to an increased risk of water  seeping through the cracks in the wall.

Extending your downspouts before tilting them away forces the water to drain away from your wall.

Install a Sump Pump

A sump pump is a water pump that you can install in your basement, and it will continuously pump out water. The water collects in a basin formed underneath your basement, and the pump will activate once the water reaches a certain level.

If you are worried about preventing basement flooding, contact us at Evergreen Plumbing & Heating Co. Our skilled plumbers are available 24/7 with the expertise and knowledge available to help you prevent, repair, or replace any plumbing need.

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