If you have had one flood, you have probably had enough! Floods can cause major damage in your home, especially in the basement or crawl space. For most homeowners, this is the space that is used for storage of your HVAC systems. If you have a finished basement, you are placing even more valuables in danger. In the event of a severe storm, your main goal should be to keep as much water away from the foundation of the home as possible. When the ground surrounding your home becomes saturated to quickly, it causes a flood. So, here are a few tips to prevent this from happening to you:
- Check the rain gutters- leaves and debris can stop up the gutters disabling them from draining properly.
- Add extensions to the downspouts- extensions will carry the water collected in the gutters further away from the foundation to an area of less saturation.
- Check the window wells- if they do not drain properly, install new water-tight covers
- Seal cracks in the driveway and foundation walls- caulk or cement can be used to seal these areas depending on size and depth
- Check the sump pump- repair and existing one, install a new one, or install a back up sump pump to protect against failure
Finally, if your flooding problem continues then this may be the time to hire outside help. There are professional contractors out there who can waterproof your basement against seepage and flooding. Floods will keep reoccurring if you do not take the necessary steps to safeguard your home.