Having a flooded basement can end up costing a lot of money, especially if it is used for a family room or entertainment centre. Heavy rains, defective sump pump, or even clogged sewers can cause a basement to take on water. If you are continually having problems with basement flooding, here are some ideas that can help keep everything dry.
Your gutter system needs properly maintained to keep water from accumulating near the foundation. The gutters need cleaned periodically and the downspouts need proper extensions to direct water flow away from the house. The extensions should be at least three feet away from your home so the ground has a chance to absorb the water during heavy rains. You should check your gutters by spraying water from a hose to see if they drain properly.
If your yard slopes towards your house, this is where the water will flow. You might have to rearrange dirt in your yard so water will flow away from your house instead of accumulating in the basement.
The sump pump needs to be working properly and the drain cannot be clogged. A backup power supply needs to be installed since the electricity has a chance of going out during heavy storms, just when you need it working the most. It also needs checked periodically to make sure it is working correctly.
If water happens to be flowing through the edges of basement windows, there could be a couple of different problems. The old caulking might have deteriorated and can be solved by applying a new waterproof caulk. The wooden frame around the window could also have rotted, which needs to be torn out and replaced. Installing a window well with a good fitting cover can help reduce the amount of water that accumulates around basement windows. Installing new basement windows is an option if the current ones are very old.
A septic tank that hasn’t been emptied or a slow draining sewer can cause water to back up into the basement. Make sure the septic tank is cleaned on a regular basis and sewers need to flow properly. Tree roots and debris can cause bad drainage in sewer pipes. If you can not get the system to flow good, installing new drain pipes to the outside sewer will help with drainage problems.
Cavity Drainage System
This system has specially designed channels that lets any water that accumulates in the basement to flow to the sump pump while the rest of the floor stays dry. Small trenches need to be cut into the existing concrete along the walls and in the middle. These troughs work like little channels that directs the water where you want it to go.
Foundation and Basement Walls
The walls and foundation needs to be checked for cracks where water can seep in. There are special products made for repairing these cracks, some better than others. Make sure you use a quality product to ensure the leaks will stop.
Keeping a basement dry is important even if it isn’t used as a living area or storage. Wet areas can breed mosquitoes and attract mold. A lot of these jobs require a professional, so don’t try to attempt these unless you are qualified.
Charlie Teschner started MESA Plumbing, Heating, and Cooling in 1982. Charlie has a journeyman and master plumber’s license. He was raised with a strong work ethic and he now applies those values to tasks such as Longmont, CO heating repair.
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