Spring has finally returned, bringing with it warmer weather and all of our favorite outdoor activities. However, while April showers bring May flowers, they can also bring a few other uninvited guests too — most notably, soggy basements.
If your basement is prone to flooding during periods of heavy rainfall, here a few simple tips to follow that will help to keep things dry all season long:
Proactively Address Sump Pump Problems
Perhaps not surprisingly, sump pump failure is the #1 cause of most basement floods. Although these devices are a great line of defense against floods, simply owning a sump pump isn’t enough; you have to be proactive about properly maintaining your unit in order to ensure it continues to do its job effectively.
As soon as you know a storm is on the way, you should double-check to ensure your sump pump is in working order. It’s also a good idea to invest in a separate power generator for your sump pump so that it will continue to function in the event of a power failure. Although generators can be pricey, they can save you money in the long run by preventing costly flood damage to your home and possessions.
Don’t Forget to Clean Gutters and Downspouts
One of the most inexpensive ways to prevent basement flooding is to regularly clean your gutters and properly maintain your downspouts. Gutters that are free of debris will help to ensure that water from heavy rainfall won’t pool up against your home, which can spell disaster.
In addition, remember that your downspouts should be directing water at least three feet away from your foundation. You may have to invest in downspout extensions or troughs in order to achieve this distance, but this proactive investment will save you plenty of frustration in the event of a flooding situation.
Focus on Your Foundation
Many flooding problems can begin at the foundation of your home. Take some time this spring to carefully inspect the exterior of your foundation as well as your basement walls and floors. If you find any cracks in the foundation, you should fill them with an epoxy solution to seal them up.
Call the Experts
One of the best ways to prevent costly basement floods to enlist the help of a professional, who will be able to closely inspect the specific needs of your basement and take the steps necessary to keep the room dry all season long.
If April showers are bringing you anxiety, contact the experts at Arlinghaus Plumbing, Heating and Air today. Our team of licensed and trained professionals are here to help your basement with the TLC it needs — and give you the peace of mind necessary so that you can enjoy springtime without living in fear of potential basement floods.