How to Prevent a Flooded Basement this Spring

Six Key Tips for Preventing a Flooded Basement

By Mark J. Donovan

Spring is notorious for being a rainy time of the year. In addition, there is the added issue with snow melt with colder climate areas. Put these two ingredients together, along with a basement, and you can often find yourself dealing with a flooded basement in the spring.

There are several things you can do, however, to mitigate the risk of a flooded basement this spring. Most of them take little effort and money. You just need to make sure to do them before spring arrives in your particular area of the country.

Check the Sump Pump

If your basement has a below-grade sump pump in it make sure that it is properly working and that there is no debris in the pump well around it. If you use a portable pump make sure to install it in the lowest area of the basement and connect it to a grounded outlet. Also note that power is absolutely essential for running a pump. Consequently you may want to consider installing a backup generator on the property to ensure the pump can operate even when there is a power outage.

Clean the Gutters

If your home has gutters make sure to clean them in late winter or early spring. Debris such as decaying leaves, pine needles, and small broken branches can prevent the gutters from working properly. Roof rainwater runoff is a major contributor to flooded basements every year.

Also make sure the downspouts are clear of all debris and that the end spouts direct the roof rainwater runoff away from the home.

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Check the Basement Windows and Install Window Well Covers

If you have below-grade basement windows install acrylic basement window well covers to prevent water from falling into them and inevitably working its way into your basement. These types of well covers enable light to still flow into the basement while at the same time eliminating another possible inlet for water penetration into the basement.

Repair Foundation Wall Cracks

Inspect the interior and exterior of your basement foundation walls for cracks. If you notice small cracks in the interior of the basement then fill them with a cement sealer or epoxy. If you see exterior foundation wall cracks then you’ll need to dig down the foundation wall to the base of the crack and then fill the entire length of it with an epoxy or foundation wall sealer.

Clean out the Septic Tank

One of the worst types of flooded basement situations to deal with is when a septic tank backs up into a basement.

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Spring is the perfect time of the year to have your septic tank inspected and pumped to prevent this type of flood situation from happening.

Flood Insurance

Lastly review your homeowner’s insurance policy and consider purchasing flood insurance, particularly if you have a finished basement. It’s little extra money for peace of mind.

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