How to Prevent Basement Flooding

As the song lyrics go, “Into each life, a little rain must fall.” But since when does “life” have to be synonymous with “basement”?

The truth is, there’s plenty you can do to prevent water from entering your basement, even though some of those measures can be pricey.  Here are a few things you can do on the cheap to help your own cause:

  1. Make sure your gutters and downspouts are clear of debris and are directing rainwater away from your home. Add extensions or troughs if your downspouts don’t extend out at least 3 feet from your foundation walls.
  2. Inspect foundation and basement walls for cracks. While some cracking is normal as a home settles and ages, neglected cracks can expand and allow groundwater to enter your home.
  3. If your home has ground level or below-grade basement windows, keep water out with well covers that secure to the foundation.
  4. Have your septic system cleaned and inspected regularly to prevent clogs from sending sewage and backwater into your home. Even in homes with city sewer systems, a backwater (or backflow) valve is a good defense against what could be a very messy situation.

At Norhio Plumbing, we offer two levels of assistance to remove water from your basement as quickly as it enters: sump pumps, and back-up sump pumps.  A sump pump is your first line of defense to remove water almost as soon as it reaches your sump pit. But sump pumps can fail or shut off due to a power outage, and then what?

Well, in this case, the “what” is a backup sump pump that will activate as soon as the main pump shuts down, no matter what the reason.  For more information and a free in-home proposal, contact Norhio Plumbing today.