6 Ways To Prevent Your Basement From Re-Flooding

Dealing with the aftermath of a flooded basement can be quite an ordeal. Basement floods can lead to expensive repairs as well as the loss or damage of any belongings being stored in the basement. Once the water damage repair company has worked its magic and made your basement like new again, you are probably feeling quite motivated to prevent another basement flood. Luckily, there are steps you can take to protect your basement and keep it from flooding again. Here are six ways to do just that:

Have Gutters and Downspouts Inspected and Cleaned

Your gutters and downspouts are designed to direct rainwater and melting snow away from your home, preventing flooding and potential structural damage. If they are clogged with leaves and debris, were installed wrong, or have become cracked with age, however, they can not do their job effectively.

A great first step in figuring out why your basement flooded (and preventing it from happening again) is to have a professional come clean your gutters and downspouts, and then inspect them for damage or improper placement. Moving forward, you should always clean your gutters out in the fall and spring.

Check for Cracks in Your Foundation

Not only can water leak in through cracks in your foundation, but large cracks can also indicate the start of serious structural issues. If you notice one or two small cracks, you can probably just fill them in with caulk to help prevent water from leaking in.

On the other hand, if you notice a bunch of small cracks or any number of large cracks (¼ inch or larger is a good rule of thumb), you should have your foundation inspected by a structural engineer. Repairing foundation cracks will go a long way toward preventing basement flooding, as well as potentially stave off more major issues.

Replace Old Basement Windows

If your basement windows are old and no longer completely sealed, you are definitely at risk of repeated basement flooding. Over time, window frames can rot and decay, weatherstripping can crack and fall away, and windows can generally become less effective at keeping out the elements. Replacing your old basement windows with something more efficient and modern will not only help to prevent basement flooding, but may help lower your energy bills as well.

Add Window Well Covers

Those new basement windows won't be nearly as effective at keeping water out without window well covers. Adding window well covers is a simple way to keep rainwater from making its way into the window wells at all. Best of all, they can be purchased quite inexpensively at any major home improvement store.

Add Outdoor Drainage

If your yard doesn't have adequate drainage, there is nowhere for excess water from storms to go and it can easily make its way into your basement and even your foundation. French drains are a type of outdoor drainage system that direct water away from your house. You can have French drains installed by a professional contractor, or even install them yourself if you are adept at DIY projects.

Add a Sump Pump to Your Basement

Sump pumps are an excellent tool for preventing basement floods. A sump pump contains a floater device that can detect rising water. Once water begins to accumulate in your basement, the sump pump is activated and begins pumping the water away. Sump pumps are relatively simple to install if you don't want to pay a professional to install it for you.

By taking these steps you will gain peace of mind from knowing that your basement is much less likely to flood again. For more information, contact a company like Complete Restoration Services.