How to Prevent Basement Floods
Depending on where you live you will likely experience something that can cause your basement to flood. From leaky pipes to natural disasters, there are several preventative measures you can take to either reduce the damage or prevent a flood entirely. If you’ve already experienced a basement flood you can always contact your water damage cleanup experts at Rapid Restoration.
Ways to Prevent a Basement Flood
The first thing you need to do before you make any changes to your home is perform an inspection. When was the last time you had a professional come take a look at all elements of your home to find any flaws or aging? If it’s been five years or more then you should consider performing this essential task. During an inspection they may be able to find weak spots in your roof, walls, siding, or plumbing, or that your water heater is too old. Many flood risks can be remediated by simply performing an inspection. Otherwise, try these suggestions below to prevent future water damage!
Repair Your Sump Pump
Not all homes come with a sump pump, but it’s wise to check then purchase one if needed. A sump pump is a machine designed to pump water out of your basement. It is smart to both install and maintain one because even if your city is not prone to flooding, a sump pump could prevent a small leak from turning into a flood.
Learn more about sump pumps and how you can prevent them from breaking.
Have a Plumber Check for Leaks
Your plumbing, no matter what material it’s made out of, is not designed to last for 20 years or more. If your home is approaching 20 years or older it’s important that you have a professional come inspect your pipes. Not only could the pipes themselves be swollen, cracked, or clogged, the pieces that attach your pipes could be worn and viable to burst. Tell your plumber to come have a look, and pay special attention to all pipes leading to and from your basement.
Patch Any Holes in Your Roof
You might think that a roof isn’t going to affect your basement because they’re too far away, but all water must go down and it is likely that it will end up in your basement. So check your roof for weak spots, “heavy” spots, and existing holes.
Weather Strip Windows and Doors
You can easily avoid basement flooding by weather stripping your windows and doors. Watch this video to see how to do this simple but effective anti-leak measure.
Tune Your Water Heater
Water heaters are only designed to last about 20 years tops. That means that if you have one getting up there in age it might be time to either get a new one, or at least get it examined for necessary repairs. Water heaters have been known to either leak or break entirely, which can flood your basement. Get your water heater looked at every few years to prevent this!
Install and Repair Roof Gutters
Roof gutters are not something you can skip if you’re building a home. They are designed to redirect roof water to the ground and away from your home, so if you need some, do it! If you think it might be time to get them repaired, don’t hesitate!
Check Your Water Supply for Leaks/Cracks
Your home’s water supply can be turned on and off on the outside of your home. Like a faucet or hose spigot, they can wear down and leak. Because it’s right next to your basement, or sometimes in the basement, it’s a danger zone if left untreated. This is something a home inspector or plumber will be able to fix!
Rapid Can Help
Even if you follow all these preventative measures it’s still possible for your basement to flood. If you have experienced a basement flood, no matter how minor, you can trust in Rapid Restoration to get your basement dry and clean again. We offer water removal, drying, and mold remediation services. All you need to do if your basement has flooded is call us at 612-239-7411 today!
Want to learn more about water damage and what you can do to prevent it? Check out our complete guide to water damage!