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Feb 26, 2024

A flooded basement sounds like a nightmare, but it's also an awfully common one. Homeowners and businesses who want to protect the lowest-lying part of their building should heed these warnings and take precaution. In this brief article brought to you by Express Plumbing & Rooter, we offer some tips on how to protect your basement from flooding, moisture, and humidity.

If you suspect your plumbing system is causing moisture and wetness or is at risk of a burst pipe, then call Express Plumbing & Rooter to hire a uniformed and trained plumber. Our plumbing service comes with price estimates UPFRONT. Call Express Plumbing to speak with a member of our team today.

Causes of Flooded Basements

Before we get to the preventative measures, let’s understand the common causes of basement flooding. These may include:

  • Heavy rainfall
  • Inadequate drainage systems
  • Malfunctioning sump pumps
  • Sewer backups
  • Structural vulnerabilities such as cracks in the foundation.

By identifying these potential triggers, homeowners and businesses can tailor their preventive approach accordingly.

Invest in Proper Drainage Systems

Drainage is not something you want to leave to amateurs. Adequate drainage systems are fundamental in diverting water away from the foundation and basement.

Consider installing French drains, which collect excess water and channel it away from the property. Additionally, grading the soil away from the foundation can prevent water from pooling around the basement walls.

Maintain Gutters and Downspouts

Gutters and downspouts guide water from the roof to the drainage system. Ensure that gutters are free from debris such as leaves and branches as these can restrict rainwater flowage. Additionally, position downspouts to direct water at least six feet away from the foundation. This helps prevent moisture accumulation around the basement perimeter.

Seal Foundation Any Cracks

Cracks in the foundation provide a direct pathway for water infiltration, making them a common entry point for basement flooding. Addressing these vulnerabilities early on can significantly enhance the structural integrity of the basement.

Regularly inspect the foundation for any signs of cracks or deterioration, and promptly seal them using waterproof sealants or hydraulic cement.

Install a Sump Pump and a Backup

Sump pumps remove groundwater and preventing basement flooding. However, power outages or mechanical failures can render a primary sump pump ineffective.

To mitigate this risk, consider installing a backup sump pump with a battery-powered or water-powered backup system. This ensures continuous operation even during emergencies.

Waterproof Basement Floors and Walls

Options for waterproofing include applying waterproof coatings or membranes to the interior walls, installing exterior waterproofing barriers, or implementing drainage board systems. Consulting with a plumber or professional waterproofing contractor can help determine the most effective solution for your property.

Perform Routine Maintenance and Inspections

Consistent maintenance and periodic inspections are essential in maximizing the effectiveness of your flood prevention measures.

Perform or schedule routine inspections of your drainage systems, sump pumps, and foundation integrity. Address any issues promptly and consider investing in professional inspections to identify potential vulnerabilities before they escalate into costly problems.

Hire a Trained and Experienced Plumber

If you are looking for a reputable and reliable plumbing company, then consider Express Plumbing & Rooter. Our uniformed plumbers employ a host of advanced plumbing and sewer repair. Our pipe bursting and pipe lining techniques are minimally invasive and don’t require digging trenches or breaking through all of your walls.

Call Express Plumbing to speak with a member of our team today. We are happy to schedule a convenient appointment. If you need urgent assistance, we can have a local plumber dispatched to your location as soon as possible.

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