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7 Steps to Avoid a Flooded Basement

Mar 16, 2019 03:22PM ● By Editor
From bobvila.com - Posted:  March 16, 2019


There are certain signs of spring we all welcome: cheery daffodils, increased daylight, and the chirping of birds returning from their winter vacations. Along with those happy signs of spring, a less welcome sign may be an annual event for you—basement flooding.
  1. Gutters & Downspouts

    Storm Drainage

    Keep gutters free of debris and position downspouts away from the foundation. The goal is to drain storm water at least three feet away, so if necessary, consider running extensions or troughs.

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  2. Foundation Cracks

    Foundation Cracks

    Inspect the exterior foundation and your basement's walls and floors. Use epoxy to fill any foundation cracks and if warning signs are detected, apply masonry sealer indoors. For more serious problems, call a pro.

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  3. Sump Pumps

    Sump Pumps

    If you have a below-grade sump pump, check to make sure its well is free of debris. If you have a portable pump, position it in the lowest part of the basement and be sure it's connected to a power source.

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  4. Sewers & Septics

    Septic Tank Cleaning

    If you haven't had your sewer inspected or your septic tank cleaned, spring is a good time to address these concerns. During periods of prolonged, heavy rainfall, clogged sewers and over-taxed septics are disasters waiting to happen. 

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  5. Window Well Covers

    Window Well Covers

    If you have below-grade basement windows, install window well covers that will fasten securely to your home's foundation. Clear acrylic covers allow light to enter, even as they keep out rain, leaves, and pests.

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  6. Generators

    Home Generator

    Remember a sump pump only works if you have power. If you live in an area plagued with frequent storms and power outages, a generator may be a long-term investment worth considering.

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  7. Insurance

    Flood Insurance

    Review your property insurance policy and consider additional coverage, especially if you have a finished basement. Usually, homeowners' insurance does not cover flooding or sewer backups. Undecided? Check out The Case for Flood Insurance.

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