Rain, Rain Flow Away: How to Protect Your Basement from Flooding
Here we go again.
It’s raining here in Central Virginia. Not only is it raining steadily but it is coming down hard. Roads are closed. Driveways and yards have ponds forming in them. Sirens can be heard as first responders are heading to the scene of a rain-induced accident.
All of this seems to be the norm in this area. Heavy rain brings property damage. If you own a basement, you can certainly relate.
Basements typically don’t flood which could cause property damage to both your home’s interior and exterior along with whatever you may be storing in your basement.
But how many stories have you heard of homeowners who have been out as the heavy rains fell and they came home to find their basement flooded, furniture ruined and all their precious photo albums hopelessly ruined?
There are ways, however, to protect your home from being flooded so your property is protected and you can have some peace of mind. Here are a few tips:
1. Seal all the cracks in your foundation: These cracks will be obvious when you inspect your home’s foundation. They are easy to fill by using epoxy or masonry sealer. If you are still unsure, contact a licensed, foundation repair contractor.
2. Proper grading: Grading so water flows away from your basement foundation makes a world of difference in protecting your home from flooding. Have a licensed, basement footer contractor inspect your home.
3. Clogged sewer or septic tank: It may have been years (if ever) since you had the sewer or septic tank cleaned. Have a licensed plumber clean them. A clogged sewer or septic tank could become a major disaster.
4. Replace your HVAC: Central Virginia storms can cause power outages which wear down your unit. It may need to be replaced.
5. Sump pump adjustments: Your sump pump is crucial in pumping flood water out of your basement. Make sure it is not old and outdated and needs to be replaced. Also, place it in the shallow section of your basement and make sure it is connected to a power source.
6. Clean the gutters and downspouts: Anything clogged is not good. That is especially so when home gutters and downspouts are clogged with leaves, branches and other debris. Have a professional clean your gutters and down spouts yearly.
7. Flood insurance: If you live in a flood plain, your mortgage lender requires flood insurance. However, if you own your home, consult your home insurance agent to see if flood insurance is needed.
So, don't be intimidated by those heavy rains in Charlottesville and Central Virginia. Your basement, home and property can be protected with smart preparation. Before the next rains, check your basement.
Williams Loader Service has protected many homes and basements by regrading for water flow issues. We have experienced and licensed footer contractors who can install them efficiently and quickly. Call us at (434) 589-3759 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.