Basement flooding can be a huge pain after heavy rainstorms. Some homes have finished basements where people use the space for their kid's play area, for entertainment purposes, or other ways of leisure. On the other hand, most unfinished basements are used for storage. Either way, finished or unfinished, basement flooding is going to damage your belongings, the foundation, any exposed wood beams, vents, or hard-to-reach areas. So what should you do to prevent this from happening?
We will talk about 10 ways to help Hanoverton, Ohio homeowners prevent flooding and water damage. Let’s begin:
Check online resources for flood maps of your area. It will tell you how at risk your home is for flooding based on the elevation, environmental factors, and rainfall. This can help you prepare for the next rainstorm.
Inspect your yard. Take a look around the next time it rains. Do you notice any standing water? Puddles? Are they near the foundation? If so, that needs to be fixed. Contact The Basement Guys for a free estimate for a drainage system to prevent this from reaching your basement!
Check the gutters. Have they been cleaned out recently? Make sure the downspouts are away from the foundation and are not clogged. If you need gutters replaced, The Basement Guys can replace them with GutterShutter!
Check basement windows. Old basement windows are known to leak, but our EverLast™ Basement Windows are long-lasting and prevent leaks when properly fitted. They allow for natural light too.
Clean the window well. If the window well is uncovered and stuffed with leaves and debris, it won’t stop the water from coming in. Our SunHouse Window Wells™ are covered to prevent wind, rain, snow, the buildup of dirt, and pests away from the window.
Inspect for foundation cracks inside and outside. Now’s the time to get them fixed so they don’t grow and pose a problem. Our team can fix foundation cracks for you!
Inspect your sump pump and make sure it works. You definitely don’t want the sump pump to fail if your basement floods. Consider buying a backup battery option, such as the UltraSump Battery Backup System® we offer! If your house is located in an area with heavy floods, consider our TripleSafe™ Sump Pump System. It contains 3 pumps that can be used if the power fails when excessive water is present or one of the pumps fails.
Check the street drainage system outside. A lot of times, they get overwhelmed with water or clogged with leaves, grass, and other debris and could be rerouting water to your house.
Check into flood insurance. Some places require it because of the location of the house, but usually, if the mortgage is government-backed, you must have flood insurance. It can be expensive, but worth it in the event of a flood.
Do a regular check-up after heavy rain. This can be done by you or by a professional like The Basement Guys. If problems are spotted, it is best to take care of them quickly to avoid further issues.
In the end, the best way to protect your home from any kind of flood damage is to stay alert, vigilant, and proactive by checking your basement often. The Basement Guys are here to help make your life easier by taking care of any waterproofing issues. Contact us today for a free estimate in the Hanoverton area to get started!