The spring and summer seasons bring a great deal of rain with them, which greatly increases the risk of basement flooding. This can cause a great deal of water damage, can promote mold and mildew growth, and can be expensive and time consuming to repair. Thankfully, there are several things that you can do as a regular part of your home maintenance in order to make the risk of basement flooding as minimal as possible.
Gutter and Yard Drainage Maintenance
The first line of defense against basement flooding isn't actually in the basement – or even in your house – at all. It's your gutters and your yard drainage: clogged gutters can cause water to overflow right next to the exterior walls of your home, where they can seep into your basement. Downspouts that are not properly directed away from your home can contribute to poor yard drainage, which can also cause basement flooding and water damage.
Sump Pump Testing
It's also extremely important for you to check your sump pump, which is the last line of defense when it comes to water seeping up through your foundation and into your basement. You can find your sump pump in your basement, within a little hole in the ground (the sump). To test it, simply pour a small amount of water into the hole – once the water reaches a certain level, the pump should kick in and remove the water almost entirely. If this is not the case, you'll have to contact a professional to take a look at the unit and repair or replace it as necessary.
Sewer Drain Camera Inspections
Another important piece of preventative maintenance that you can perform on your house to ensure that flooding does not occur is to contact a plumber to complete a sewer drain video camera inspection. This consists of inserting a drain snake with a camera on the end into your sewer drain, allowing you to get a clear picture of the condition of your sewer drain and any damage to the pipe or clogs within the drain that you may have to address. Finding these issues early can prevent sewage backing up into your basement, which is a particularly nasty form of basement flooding.
Finally, though not a part of any sort of maintenance that you can do to protect your home, it is extremely important (especially if you live in a flood prone area) to purchase flood insurance to protect yourself financially in case of the worst happening. While this will cost money each month, it is definitely worth the peace of mind that it brings by ensuring that you won't have to pay for water damage remediation on your own.
Contact a company, like State Wide Waterproofing, for more help.