How To Avoid Getting Water In Your Basement

Prep Your Home To Avoid Water In Your Basement

If you’ve ever had water in your base­ment after heavy rains or after snow melts, you know just how frus­trat­ing (and expen­sive) it can be to clean up. Most peo­ple call a plumber when the find their base­ment is fill­ing up…but by then the dam­age is done to your fur­ni­ture, car­pet and walls — and the dam­age to your wal­let is com­ing up!  Let’s look at a few ways you can future proof your home from hav­ing water in your basement.

First, if your home already has a sump pump, check to make sure it’s a sump pump with a bat­tery back up.  This is a must!  Older sump pumps may not have a bat­tery back up, but we all know that  power can go out dur­ing severe thun­der­storms or win­ter weather.  A down­pour is the absolute last time that you want your sump pump to lose elec­tric­ity.  Bat­tery back up units help your home keep up with ris­ing water until elec­tric­ity  is back up and running!

The health of your sump pup is another pri­or­ity.  Make sure and check your unit for debris and ensure it’s oper­at­ing func­tion­ally.  This is a sim­ple step and it only takes about 5 min­utes.  Just run water into the sump pump to make cer­tain it’s fully func­tion­ing.  Then go out­side and check the exte­rior pipe, mak­ing sure to remove any leaves, dirt, mud or other debris that may be block­ing the nat­ural flow of water. A blocked pipe can force the water back inside.

If you are con­stantly clean­ing out debris and find­ing in hard to keep your exte­rior area unblocked, you may want to con­sider installing a French Drain.  Below is a great resource video on installing your own French Drain:

Next, look at the roof.  Make sure and check your  down­spouts for the same leaves and sticks that can block your exte­rior sump pump pipe.  This is a very impor­tant step.  Here in Colum­bia, we can get some really nasty snow.  When it starts melt­ing, your down­spout can get put to the test. If the down­spouts are blocked, your water can be forced to run back into your base­ment, over­load­ing your sump pump.

Finally,  just do a basic walk through of your base­ment or sub-basement.  This is one of the first thing that plumbers do when they tour your home.  If you see plumb­ing valves that are show­ing signs of dis­col­oration or rust, or have deposit build-up, make sure and switch them out.  These are the kinds of things that you can fix your­self, BEFORE you have to rack up a big bill with a local plumber!

Happy plumb­ing!!!

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