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2 Ways to Prevent a Flooded Basement

Flooding is not only costly to homeowners but can also cause significant damage to your home’s construction- not to mention the potentially unhealthy environment water damage can cause. The plumbing professionals at Roto-Rooter have offered these simple tips to help you to stay flood-free and avoid a potential plumbing emergency. Follow these helpful steps to prevent a flooded basement:

1. Sump Pump Maintenance

Your home’s sump pump is a key component in the event of a water emergency and flooded basement situation. Sump pumps are often located in basements and crawlspaces.  This crucial piece of equipment pumps water away from your basement and into nearby storm drains. Routine testing of your sump pump will ensure that it is in working order in the event of a water emergency.

This simple at-home DIY test can easily let you know if your sump pump is working properly:

Pour a full 5 gallon bucket of water into the sump pit. The water will activate the pump which will move it through the pump, up through a vertical pipe and away from your basement. If the water does not activate the sump pump, call one of our trained plumbing professionals at Roto-Rooter to assess the situation and to determine whether a repair or replacement is in order.

2. Gutters and Downspouts

The exterior of your home is just as important when taking preventative steps to avoid a flooded basement. The gutters and downspouts outside your home direct rainwater and melting snow away from the foundation of your home and basement. Keeping your gutters clean and clear of leaves and debris will ensure that there is nothing blocking the water flow. Annual cleaning of your downspouts will keep your home looking its very best while helping to ward off potential flooding situations.

Call in the Plumbing Professionals

For more helpful tips on home flood prevention, contact your local Roto-Rooter plumbing professional. Whether your sump pump needs service or you have additional questions regarding keeping your home plumbing and equipment working at peak performance, the plumbing experts at Roto-Rooter are equipped to handle all of your residential plumbing needs.

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