A flood in your basement can cause drastic damage to your home and severely reduce your home's value. You need to make sure you're doing everything you can to protect your home from flooding to protect the investment you've made in your property.
The following are six mistakes you need to avoid because they can increase your chances of having a flood in your basement:
Allowing cracks in your foundation to go without repairs
Foundation cracks increase your home's chance of experiencing a basement flood because they can allow water to more easily penetrate the home. You should periodically inspect your foundation along with your basement floors and walls to make sure that the concrete is not cracking.
When cracks are noticed in a foundation, they can sometimes be remedied with an epoxy filling. More serious cracks might require more in depth repairs.
Neglecting to clean out your gutter system once in a while
Any obstacles that are clogging up your gutter system can increase your chances that water from precipitation will pool close to your home's perimeter and possibly penetrate into your basement. Therefore, keeping your gutters and downspouts cleaned out can prevent basement floods.
Having no well covers on windows if your basement is below grade
Homeowners with a below-grade basement should understand the importance of having well covers installed. Well covers help to waterproof a basement by preventing water from seeping into a basement via the windows.
Having no back up sump pump
Having only one sump pump is not enough to guarantee that you won't have to deal with basement flooding. If you have a backup sump pump available, you enjoy even greater protection against the risk of basement flooding and also can pump water out even more quickly when flooding does occur. Talk to a professional about another sump pump installation.
Never carrying out sump pump maintenance
There are a few things you need to do to your sump pump periodically in order to be assured that it continues to function properly.
First off, you should test your sump pump by pouring water into it to make sure it works right. Also, you should make sure that both the float and check valve on your sump pump are not obstructed when your sump pump is working.
Not having contact details regularly available for an emergency plumber in your area
The faster you're able to respond to a flooding episode in your basement, the less significant the resulting damage is likely to be. You should have contact details for an emergency plumber available so that you know who to call for repairs before a flooding event gets out of control.