How To Prevent Basement Floods?

Anyone who has lived in Indianapolis for any appreciable length of time can tell you that just because we're experiencing some terrific weather right now does NOT mean that rain won't spell trouble later on. One of the biggest problems that the rainy season often brings with it can be summed up in two frustrating little words: basement floods. If you really want to make sure your basement doesn't flood this year and you want to do everything you can to keep your home and your family safe from watery harm, there are a few key things you'll want to keep in mind.

Be Mindful of Your Gutters and Downspouts

Most experts agree that if you really want to make sure that your basement doesn't flood when the rainy season arrives, one of the best things that you can do involves keeping your gutters and downspouts free of dirt and debris at all times. 

Remember that when these are in perfect working order, their number one job is to drain storm water at least three feet away from your home. When they're clogged, they can't really do that - which leads to an increased risk of your basement flooding.

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Check Your Homes Foundation for cracks or leaks

Another one of the best ways to keep your basement from flooding involves checking both the interior and the exterior of your home's foundation for cracks or other warning signs. If you notice a crack on the inside of your home, what you've really discovered is a situation where an eventual leak is no longer a question of "if" but "when."

Should this type of issue be discovered, use epoxy or masonry sealer to take care of the problem. If the situation is a little bit bigger than you're prepared to comfortably handle, don't be afraid to call in the help of a professional. This is one of those situations where the consequences of getting it wrong are so severe that you definitely don't want to leave anything to chance. 

Make Sure your sump pump is in good working order

Finally, you'll want to pay careful attention to what may be your biggest ally in terms of preventing a basement flood: your sump pump. Remember that standard sump pumps are excellent for removing water during and after a flood... but they don't operate if the power goes out.

Because of this, if you haven't already installed a battery backup system for your sump pump, now would be an excellent time to install a battery backup system. Even in a worst case scenario, this should still provide you with about ten hours of energy before some sort of battery recharge is necessary.

Along the same lines, you'll definitely want to locate and label the main water shutoff valve in your home. The moment that your back up battery sump pump kicks in, get to that valve and shut it off to help mitigate the risk in the event of an emergency. You'll also want to make sure that everyone else in your family knows where it is and what to do as well, just in case a problem ever starts to arise while you're not home.  A sump pump replacement is the last thing that we all want to avoid, but sometimes a sump pump repair is unavoidable, so it's best to be prepared.