Water in Basements

We have had some wet weather lately! This can cause some issues, particularly with your basement flooding. Check out these tips to prevent basement flooding.

•Clean and maintain gutters and downspouts: keeping your gutters free of debris and ensuring downspouts are properly positioned away from the foundation, water from rain and storms will flow freely, rather than pooling up against your home. Downspouts should direct water at least three feet away from your foundation.
•Properly landscape your yard: The slope of your yard or the shape of your flower bed could be contributing to your water issues. If the slope of your yard directs water towards your home, water will pool up around your property, and eventually find a way in.
• Inspect and repair foundation cracks: visually inspect the exterior of your foundation, basement walls and floors on a regular basis. If you come across any cracks during your inspection, fill them with epoxy. If leaking still persists, or you encounter a more serious foundation problem, call a professional.
•Practice proper sump pump maintenance: Sump pump failure is the most frequent cause of basement floods. If you know a huge storm is headed your way, check to make sure your sump pump is working properly and is plugged in. Also, consider investing in a generator for your sump pump
•Inspect sewers and clean septic systems: clogs, sewer backups and overflows are bound to eventually happen with lack of maintenance.
•Install window well covers: Homes with below-grade basement windows should always be protected with window well covers.
Get familiar with your insurance: Ask about water and sewer back-up coverage!