How to prevent your basement from flooding in the rainy season
There is plenty that you are able to do to ensure your home stays dry. The good news is that you probably will not have to spend much time or money to do it. Mostly, you should focus on keeping the water from pooling next to the foundation of your home. Below we have outlined a few steps you can take to stay dry during the rainy season.
Here’s how you keep dry:
Keep your gutters and downspouts clean. If they are clogged water will run down the walls and stay next to your
- Extend your downspouts away from the house by attaching the black, corrugated plastic pipe. The pipes should extend at least 10 feet away from your these pipes can be found at most of your local hardware stores.
- Check to make sure that no soil is covering siding or brick veneer as this may introduce water on top of the foundation wall and into your basement.
- Re-grade the land around your home to promote positive drainage away from your foundation.
- Be especially mindful of places where two walls intersect, creating an inside corner (such as the place where your chimney meets your house at ground level). These spots are notorious for erosion
- If you have a sump pump, make sure it’s working. Regularly open the cover and pull up on the float to make sure the motor is running. If it does not run, make sure it’s plugged in to an outlet and check your circuit breakers. If the motor does not run, you should have a professional determine whether the sump pump should be
- You can also buy a backup power source for your sump pump. If you lose electricity in a big storm, you can still keep the water from rising up through the foundation of your house.
- If you have outside steps that lead into your basement, clean the steps and the drains of debris.