This past July, we were hit with heavy rain and thunderstorms in our region. This commonly leads to sewer backups and flooding, especially in basements. While most of us survived with a dry basement, some were not as lucky. So we’re here to give you tips and tricks on what to do if you ever experience a flooded basement!
How Heavy Rain Can Cause Flooding
The most common cause of basement flooding is pressure caused by water in the soil surrounding the foundation. If a window well is not properly installed or if the drain becomes clogged, it can easily fill with water. The water can then seep into your basement during a heavy downpour. When a sewer overflows, this can also cause excess water to flow into your home’s sewer line and into your basement. Not to worry, because there are a few effective ways to prevent this from happening.
How To Prevent Flooding in Your Basement
Having a plumber install check valves on your floor drains and your basement plumbing fixtures is a great way to prevent a basement flood. Check valves allow water to run out of the drain as designed while preventing water from flowing back into the drain. It’s a great way to keep water from creeping up your floor drains during a heavy storm.
How To Get Rid of Water in Your Basement
If it’s too late to prevent your basement from flooding, having a plumber install a sump pump is a great way to remove the excess water. Having a professional to determine what type of sump pump will best fit your needs is a great way to prevent and fix flooding. When gravity is unable to keep gray water out of your basement, a sump pump is best to remove that water and prevent excess from seeping up. It will also benefit your house in the long run by keeping your foundation dry and preventing cracking during the winter.
Your basement is best when kept dry- let’s keep it that way! If you need help preventing or removing water from your home, be sure to give Cerrone a call at (518)-798-6560.
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