The signs of the spring often bring a positive feeling in people: cherry daffodils, chirping of birds, and increased daylight. But along with the delightful signs of spring comes basement flooding due to heavy rains.
A flooded basement is the last thing you want in your home. Cleaning up a flooded basement involves a lot of work and is oftentimes expensive. In addition to the mess, it can eventually weaken the structural foundation of your home, encourage mould growth, cause musty odour, and expose you and your family to various health risks.
Before problems become worse, take the following proactive steps to keep your basement water-free in the event of heavy rainfall:
Clean the gutters.
Gutters and downspouts should be cleared from leaves, dirt, and debris. Clogged gutters and leaking downspouts prevent the water from flowing freely into the ground or drainage systems. Instead, water can enter the basement and cause flooding. Inspect the downspouts for any signs of leaks. Call a professional to repair or replace the downspout.
Maintain or upgrade drainage systems.
If the drainage system around your house is not adequate, water can easily end up in your basement when heavy spring rains pay your neighbourhood a visit. Clear catch basins and french drainages from leaves and other debris to keep them from blocking water flow. Adding catch basins and french drainage around your property helps keep the water away from your house.
Install a sump pump.
Installing an automatic sump pump in your basement can help you keep water buildup from rainfall in check and prevent potential flooding. It acts as a big floor drain that sips the water out of the basement and redirects it away from your home.
Repair foundation cracks.
Cracks in the foundation walls allow rainwater to seep into the basement, which causes flooding. Have a professional inspect and repair the cracks. However, the type of repair needed may depend on the severity. While some minor cracks will only require caulking, other may require extensive work to waterproof the basement.
Waterproof the basement.
Having your basement waterproofed is a long-term solution for basement flooding. Quality waterproofing prevents water from seeping into the foundation walls. It also seals the cracks in the foundation walls while preventing your home from shifting due to excess moisture that has lead to damaged or weakened structural integrity.
Extend the downspouts.
Attach a black corrugated plastic pipe to extend the downspout and allow the rainwater to run a few metres away from the perimeter of your home. Direct the downspouts to your lawn area or near the catch basin or french drain to prevent the water from running back towards the exterior walls and stagnating there for a several of days.
Free your home from the worries of basement flooding and the other issues that come along with it. Protect your family and your property by keeping your basement water-free. Investing your time and money in implementing preventive measures will keep you from having to deal with more costly and time-consuming damages.