A flooded basement is a homeowner's worst nightmare. When it happens, your old pictures, the spare chest of drawers, your children's clothes – it could all be in jeopardy. It's especially important to watch out for basement floods if you live in certain flood-prone areas of the U.S., like the upper Midwest, but it can't hurt to make sure you're prepared no matter where you live.
Check out these five tips for preventing basement flooding:
1. Clean the floor drains
Floor drains, which help prevent flooding and other forms of water damage, can become clogged with dirt and other detritus. This can obstruct the pipes for when water does get into your basement, leading to buildup that can cause flooding. Keep the drains free of debris and there's a better chance your basement won't flood.
2. Check your gutters
This may sound like a strange suggestion – but it's important to make sure your gutters are unobstructed so that any water that comes in doesn't collect. If your gutters are full of leaves or dirt, water has to go somewhere – usually down. If the rain dumps in buckets around your house instead of being diverted via the gutters, too much water could filter into the foundation of your home.
3. Divert rainwater
Along the same lines as checking your gutters, you should find ways to divert rainwater away from your home wherever possible. Extend your rain gutter downspouts and make sure your yard doesn't slope toward the house.
4. Install a sump pump
This is one of the easiest ways to ensure that your basement stays clean and dry throughout the rainy season. These devices – as their name suggests – help pump out water that might accumulate, and there are quite a few options to choose from. Your local plumbing professional can come to your house to survey and help you determine what kind you need.
5. Have a backup power source
When it's storming, you want to make sure that your sump pump is connected to a backup generator in case the electricity in your home goes out. You don't want your sump to fail, especially in those circumstances!
For more information about how to keep your basement clean, with help installing your sump pump and to consult a professional in case of the unthinkable, call Roto-Rooter today.