Preventing Basement Flooding AddiGibson | Pixabay If you have ever experienced basement flooding or any water damage, you know how stressful and expensive it can be. No one wants to deal with flooding more than once. Luckily with a little bit of maintenance and a watchful eye, you help reduce the chances of flooding in your basement. Using these simple tips will help to keep your basement dry. Inspect and Fix Foundation Holes and Cracks Holes and cracks in your foundation are water’s favorite way to get into your basement. To prevent water from getting in, you need to do an inspection of the foundation, basement walls, and floors on a regular basis. You should fill any holes or cracks you find with epoxy. If the problem persists, you should call a professional. Add Window Well Covers While having below-grade windows in your basement adds light, they can cause flooding. All below-grade windows should have a well cover over them. When a window well cover is installed correctly, your basement waterproofing will greatly improve. To keep the light in your basement, you should look for clear window well covers. Landscape Your Yard Properly The direction of your landscaping can make a difference when it comes to basement flooding. If the direction of your landscaping goes towards your home, then when it rains the water will drain down towards your house. A little bit of rain won’t make a big difference, but bigger storms will cause a pool of water. The pool of water will eventually find a way into your home. To fix a landscaping issue, you may need to regrade your yard or install French drains. Inspect Sewers and Clean Septic System You may not think about inspecting your sewers or cleaning your septic system. However, skipping this maintenance tip can lead to major basement flooding. Over time, clogs and backups are bound to cause a flooding issue. Maintain Gutters and Downspouts You may already clean and maintain your gutters and downspouts to keep them in better shape. Maintaining your gutters and downspouts does more than keeping them in top shape; it also helps reduce flooding issues. If your gutters are clogged, and your downspouts are not pointed in the right direction, then the overflow of water from your gutters will pool around your house. Proper Sump Pump Maintenance A broken or a non-functioning sump pump is the number-one reason for basement flooding. Just having a sump pump does not mean you are protected from flooding. In order to be completely protected, your sump pump has to be working correctly. If you know a storm is coming, you should check to make sure your sump pump is working properly. Another thing you should have is a generator in case the power goes out. Cleaning Up Basement Flooding Following these basement flooding maintenance tips will help reduce the chances of a flood in your basement. But, they do not guarantee that a flood will not happen. When your basement floods know you always have someone to help at MD Water Restoration. For more information on cleaning up basement flooding contact MD Water Restoration.