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Tips to Prevent Basement Flooding and Water Damage

Tips to Prevent Basement Flooding and Water DamageA flooded basement means major problems for your home, and your belongings, with structural damage, mold and mildew growth, bacterial growth, and possible electrical issues. To help prevent these issues from ruining your valuables and significant areas in your home, you can follow a few tips to prevent basement flooding and the water damage that comes with it.

How can you prevent basement flooding? Here are some tips that will prove useful:

Outdoors

Always keep your gutters and drainage systems clean and ensure that they extend well away from the walls of your home. The minimum distance from your downspout to your home’s walls should be 6 feet. If you are collecting rainwater for your gardening needs, you need to have a water barrel under your downspout. This can help you save water and prevent runoff from seeping into your basement.

Ensure that your property is graded properly to avoid water running towards your home instead of away from it. Also, check the outside of your home for cracks where water could possibly seep into. Seal any leaks that you find to prevent the outside water from leaking into your basement.

Indoors

Install a sump pump system in your basement if you live in an area that is prone to flooding. To make sure that the sump pumps stay functional no matter what the circumstance, use one that has a backup battery and test it periodically to ensure that it will work when needed.

Always check your water heater for leaks. Flooding doesn't just happen because of natural calamities. Basements can also get flooded when you have a leaky or damaged water heater. If your water heater is older than a decade, consider replacing it to help prevent water heater leaks that can cause flooding in your basement.

If you are planning on traveling or being away for a long period of time, it is a good idea to turn off your water main, especially if no one will be around during that time.

Don’t run appliances that depend on water if you are planning on leaving the house, even for a few hours. Washing machines, dishwashers, and other home appliances may malfunction and if you are not around to check on them every once in a while, you may just come back to a flooded home and basement.

Contact Romexterra for Crawlspace and Basement Flooding Solutions

When your basement floods, you need immediate help. Your best option is to contact the restoration specialists at Romexterra Construction to help you with basement and crawlspace flooding solutions. We offer water damage restoration services to help with the repair and restoration of areas that have been affected and damaged by water.

When your basement floods and you're not sure what to do, contact us at 312-313-2426 for help. Our restoration services are available to customers in the Greater Chicagoland area.