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Spring Basement Flooding- How to Prevent It

Written by Casey Shearns on . Posted in , , , .

Melting snow and spring rain can be great for your landscape but not great for your basement. As a homeowner, you are sure to be aware of the damage and intense clean-up process basement flooding can cause. Knowing the best practices for preventing basement flooding is important. 

Follow along for basement flood prevention tips from the water damage restoration experts at Soil-Away!

Proper Gutter Protection

A proper gutter system is essential for every home and extra gutter protection is even better. With a gutter protection system, you will prevent dirt, leaves, and debris from building up in your gutters, ultimately leading to backup and flooding. 

If you do not have gutter protection, always ensure that your gutters and downspouts are adequately cleaned and clear of debris. 

Sump Pump

Sump pump failure is one of the leading causes of basement flooding. If you are aware that a storm is brewing this spring, be sure that your sump pump is plugged in and working correctly. A working sump pump can be one of your home’s primary defenses against flooding. 

Repair Foundation Cracks

If water is getting into your basement regardless of your gutter protection or working sump pump, odds are water is getting into your home through cracks in your home’s foundation. Cracks in your foundation are an open invitation for water to enter, so it is imperative that you find and repair them quickly. If you have a hard time locating where the water is coming in from, it is good to hire professionals for assistance. 

Adjust Landscape

The shape and slope of your landscaping can cause your home to be more prone to flooding. Flower beds sloped towards your home will cause water to pool up and eventually seep down into your basement. To prevent this from happening, you may have to regrade your landscape or consider installing a french drain. 

Check on Sewer and Septic System

You should always ensure that your home’s sewer and septic systems are running smoothly no matter what time of year. Ignoring them and not maintaining them is an easy way for water damage to be able to wreak havoc in your home from clogs, build-ups, and overflows. 

Contact Soil-Away

For more information regarding spring basement floor prevention, be sure to contact Soil-Away today! We have a team of expert water damage restoration specialists ready to help. Give us a call today at 603-641-6555 or fill out our online contact form!

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