No one likes to think about it, but floods can affect anyone. Despite your best efforts, you could wake up one morning to find your basement flooded with water. But if you take the correct preventative measures, it’s unlikely that this scenario will ever come true for you and your family. In fact, there are many things you can do now—before any issues arise—to prevent basement flooding.
Examine And Maintain Your Home’s Gutter System
The first step is to examine and maintain your home’s gutter system. You should check it at least once a year and make sure that:
- The gutters are free of debris. This includes leaves and other tree parts, dirt, silt, and other materials that can build up over time. If these things don’t get washed away by rainwater or snowmelt, they will clog the gutters and make them less effective at carrying water away from your house.
- The downspouts are draining properly. Make sure there aren’t any kinks or blockages that could be causing water to pool near the foundation instead of being carried away by your downspout system!
- There aren’t any trees or other obstacles blocking the flow of water from your downspouts into the ground outside—damaging both can lead to basement flooding!
Patch Cracks In Concrete Walls And Floors
Patching cracks in concrete walls and floors is an important part of basement waterproofing. The first step is to clean the area using a solution of 1 cup each of dishwashing liquid and laundry detergent mixed with 5 gallons of water. Next, use a hammer and chisel to remove loose or damaged material from the crack. Finally, apply a concrete patching compound over the crack using a trowel until it is smooth and flush with surrounding surfaces. Let dry for several hours before painting or sealing as desired.
You can purchase a waterproofing compound from your local home improvement store, or you can choose to make your own. If you have concrete walls and floors in your basement, applying a coat of this compound is important before painting or installing wallpaper. The porous nature of concrete makes it absorb water like a sponge, which means that the moisture may remain trapped inside after a rainstorm (or leaking pipes).
The easiest way to apply this sealant is by using either an application brush or roller, depending on how large an area needs covering.
Check All Pipes For Leaks
Pipes are the most common cause of basement flooding, so it’s important to check them regularly. Make sure there aren’t any cracks or holes in the pipes that could let water seep out and into your basement. If you see any signs of a leak, contact an expert immediately; they’ll be able to help you fix the leak and prevent more from occurring in the future.
Check around your home’s foundation to ensure there aren’t any cracks or holes where water can enter. You may not even realize this is happening until it’s too late!
Don’t let a basement flood ruin your home. By following these steps, you can prevent a basement flood and keep your home in good shape for the future.