TIPS FOR PREVENTING BASEMENT FLOODS
Basements are a wonderful addition to any home â€“ they keep families cool in the summer, provide extra room for storage or you can rent it out as living space. However, all of this can change in the event of a basement flood.
Basement floods are prevalent in many regions of Canada and tend to occur during periods of heavy rain or rapid snowmelt. Reasons for basement floods include: cracks in basement foundation, inadequate drainage, failure of sump pump, back-up of wastewater, obstructed connection between home and main sewer.
Taking appropriate measures can prevent the unfortunate occurrence of a basement flood. 1) Install and ensure regular maintenance of backwater valve and sump pit drainage system. Check that the sump pump motor is running by lifting the cover. If it is properly plugged in and still not running, the sump pump must be replaced.
2) Regularly clean out eavestroughs to prevent overflowing. Do the same with your downspout to ensure that it is not clogged. You want to keep the water away from your home.
3) Try to create a slope around the perimeter of your house so that water flows away from your home. You can use compacted soil to create this slope.
4) If your home has exterior stairs to the basement, keep the steps free from debris and ensure that the drain at the bottom of the stairs is unclogged.
5) Fix up any cracks in the foundation, otherwise water will leak into the basement.
CONCLUSION Keep your family and property safe and dry by taking the necessary precautions. For more serious problems, you should contact a professional.
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