How to Prevent Basement Flooding

Spring is quickly approaching, and that means longer days, warmer temperatures, and open windows. But it can also mean melting ice/snow and more rain storms, increasing the risk of a flooded basement. Protect your home and your valuable belongings by following these easy preventative steps.

1. Keep your rain gutters clear.

If your downspouts are short and close to your home, attach extensions to draw the water at least 3 feet away.

2. Look for cracks in the foundation in your basement.

Even tiny cracks in the walls can allow water to seep in during heavy rain, so seal any cracks that you find.

3. Make sure your sump pump system is working well.

You can test your sump pump by pulling up on the float switch and making sure the motor runs. Replace your sump pump if it isn't working right or if it's old. If you live in an area that experiences frequent power blackouts, install a water-powered backup pump, which will ensure your basement stays dry when the power is cut off from your primary sump pump or if your primary pump fails.

4. Invest in some window well covers for your basement windows.

These help keep water, debris, and even pests away from your windows.

5. Inspect your plumbing system to make sure there are no leaks.

The basement is usually one of the first areas to be affected by plumbing leaks, even if the leak is very small. Frozen pipes often cause leaks, so if your pipes gave you any trouble over the winter, a thorough plumbing inspection is an especially good idea.