Tips For Preventing  A Flooded Basement This Spring!

They say "April showers bring May flowers."  Unfortunately, heavy rains can also lead to flooded basements.  All areas of the United States are susceptible to flooding.  Even if flooded basements are not common where you live it's important to have the correct preventive measures in place.

Below are some steps that you can take to help prevent your basement from flooding:

  • Keep your gutters clean.  Repair them as needed and keep them clear of debris to ensure free flowing of rain water.  Also, use downspout extensions to run the water from your foundation.

  • Seal any cracks or openings in your foundation.

  • Ensure proper buildup and grading of soil and landscaping downward, away from your foundation.

  • Install a French drain. This will help to divert water away from your foundation during heavy rains.

  • Install a sump pump with a battery backup.  If you currently have a sump pump make sure to inspect it quarterly for any debris blockage.  You should also test it regularly to make sure it is working properly.  Sump pumps should be removed and cleaned annually.  On average, a sump pump should last about 10 years before replacement.