Your basement is designed for extra storage, additional living space, and to serve as a convenient indoor environment for installing necessary appliances like your water heater and furnace. What a basement is not is a place to catch water from rainfall, sewage backup, plumbing leaks, and more. And yet many people’s basements become flooded for one reason or another, and accumulate damage that can be difficult and expensive to cleanup.
Prevention is the best defense against flooding, even if you’re in a dry season, have new plumbing, or otherwise think your flood risk is low. Here are the best ways to maintain your basement and prevent sudden basement water damage in the future.
Believe it or not, clean, working gutters are a defense mechanism for your basement. They’re designed to carry water that hits your roof and direct it to areas where it’s safe to be deposited. Clogged, damaged, or poorly designed gutters won’t be able to prevent moisture from pooling around your foundation, where it can then permeate and flood your basement.
Foundation cracks and other damage to a concrete foundation can endanger your basement. Even tiny, hairline cracks can allow water to seep through and then leak into the basement. Foundation repairs may seem expensive, but it’s better to invest in these services than to have to pay for water removal later.
A sump pump is a plumbing feature designed to protect your home from water damage, mold, and sewage backup. Ironically, the sump pump is the surprising cause of most basement floods in America. When the sump pump fails or breaks, it won’t work to keep your basement clean and dry. That leaves your basement vulnerable to damage when a big storm hits. Take care to inspect your sump pump or hire a plumber to do so on a regular basis. While they’re at it, they can inspect your sewer line and other pipes that are prone to leaks and water backup. As with the foundation, investing in this service now can help you avoid the need to pay for water damage cleanup later.
Good landscaping is a great defense against flooding. Ensure that your flower beds and lawn slope downward away from your home and to street level. Avoid creating large artificial hills in your yard that are too close to the house itself. The point is to direct water away from your house so it can’t make its way into your basement.
Window well covers can protect basement windows from water permeation. They fasten over the windows and secure into the foundation to provide a watertight seal in the event of a flooded yard or heavy rains. You can invest in clear acrylic window well covers, which still make a finished basement look sunny and bright without leaving it vulnerable to damage.
Finally, you should be prepared for anything. Integrity Restoration & Remodeling Contractors, LLC is your go-to expert for water removal services in Alpharetta, including emergency water removal, mold removal, and more. Visit integrityrest.com today to learn more about their services. You may not need water damage removal now, but keep their information handy in case a sudden disaster strikes. A professional team will arrive to repair your basement and help you to prevent future water damage.