Below are 5 tips to prevent basement flooding!
1. Keep Snow Away – When you’re cleaning your driveway after snowfall, make sure to shovel the snow away from your home. This ensures that when the snow melts, it won’t seep inside your home.
2. Keep Gutters Clean – Check your gutters for leaves and debris. Make sure that your gutters are safely guiding water away from your home. Use downspouts and direct them away from your home to make sure that water doesn’t pool near the foundation of your home.
3. Check for/Prevent Frozen Pipes – Water expands as it freezes and this can put extreme pressure on the pipes that are containing it. A small crack in a pipe can leak up to 250 gallons of water a day, which can cause severe flooding, structural damage and mold. To prevent frozen pipes, check the insulation in your home, wrap the pipes in heat cables or tape and make sure cold air doesn’t leak inside where the pipes are located. It might also be a good idea to let warm water drip from the faucets overnight to keep the pipes from freezing.
4. Check Sump Pump – Make sure there are no spots in the hose where water can collect, the water should flow away from your home. If water is collected and freezes, it can stop the pump from working or even damage it permanently.
5. Call for Help – If you do experience any issues with basement flooding, then don’t hesitate to call for help as soon as possible.