How You Can Prevent Basement Flooding

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How You Can Prevent Basement Flooding

One of the worst feelings is to go down into your basement, only to discover you’ve had a flood and all your belongings are ruined. Comprehensive Mold Management would like to give you some tips on how to prevent this scenario in the first place:

·         Clean your gutters and downspouts after the leave have fallen.
·         Extend your downspouts at least 6 feet from your home’s foundation.
·         Walk around the outside of your home during a heavy rainfall, paying attention to the way the water drains. Is it towards or away from the home?
·         Provide emergency power, such as a backup generator for your essentials (furnace, heat, refrigeration, well pump/sump pump, septic tank pump).
·         Install a sump pump if you don’t already have one.
·         Install a backup sump pump to engage if yours isn’t functioning.
·         Make an emergency family plan.
·         Have flood insurance (you may also want to inquire about mold insurance).
·         Store your most precious/important items on a table or shelf, not on the floor.
·         Keep important phone numbers handy (including your plumber’s).
·         Have a backup plan.
·         Keep important items (pictures, tax documents, wills, passports, etc.) in a sealed, watertight, plastic container.
·         Install a dehumidifier capable of keeping up with your entire home’s space.
·         Have weep holes drilled around your foundation, draining into your floating slab’s trench with diverters in front of them to prevent splashing/overflowing onto your basement floor.
·         Check your drain tile to ensure it is up-to-date (perforated-should not be clay, as it crumbles over time). This is located in your sump pump.
·         Keep all your floating slab trenches clear of debris.

It is always wise to check your basement periodically. During heavy rains or quick thaws, you should be checking it a few times per day. Preventative maintenance can be a lifesaver. 

Visit Comprehensive Mold Management's website for more information at www.compmold.com