Although you can't always predict when a flood will occur, with our simple tips for waterproofing a basement, you can be prepared and even mitigate some of the damage. Watch as our experts show you how to waterproof your basement and get ready for the rainy season. In addition to sump pumps, which are critical components of waterproofing your basement, this area of the home often houses water heaters, washing machines, and even your main shutoff valve. Unfortunately, because they're often “out of sight, out of mind,” basements and their appliances are often neglected until something goes wrong. To help you prevent problems with these appliances, we've developed some important basement plumbing and laundry room maintenance tips that most homeowners can check off in a weekend or less.