You might be surprised to learn that 98% of basements across the US will experience unwanted water throughout their lifetime. In fact, water in the basement and its associated damages cost insurance companies a whopping $20 billion annually.
If you’ve ever suffered through a flooded basement, you already know it’s at the top of the frustrating homeowner experiences.
With the average claim for water-damaged basements being nearly $7,000, basement flooding is something you want to avoid if possible.
So, what can you do in your home to avoid a basement flood? Read on to learn more.
Causes of Basement Floods
When considering basement floods, it makes sense to consider what might be causing the floods to help prevent them in the future.
Some basements will rarely, if ever, experience flooding. At the same time, other basements are highly prone to water damage from flooding.
Let’s consider some causes associated with basement flooding.
When heavy rain occurs, and often quickly, the water has to have a place to go. If the sewer drains are blocked in the streets near your house, the water will move toward the homes nearby.
This means basements are faced with large quantities of water with nowhere to go but to come inside.
Surface Water and Home Grade
Some homes are built at a lower elevation than the streets around them. If your home is downhill from areas where water might flow after heavy rain, the rain will travel downhill and come to your home.
Water can seep into basement cracks and under doors and windows when breached with large quantities of water.
Some homes don’t have the correct grade in the outdoor elevation or proper drainage systems to handle excessive amounts of water from a heavy storm.
Water will come into any openings, like cracks and holes in a foundation, when there’s excessive water around a house.
Mitigating Water Damage to Your Basement
Once you consider how water might get into your basement, you can look for ways to prevent it. Let’s take a closer look at some of those options.
Clean Out Your Gutters
Make sure you keep your gutters cleaned out seasonally. If your gutters are filled with leaves and debris, the water can’t properly drain and can end up in your house instead.
Get Downspout Extensions
The downspouts take the water collected in your gutters and carry it away from your house. The problem is often that the downspouts are too short.
The water comes out of the downspout near the home, which can cause flooding. The water is further from the house with the extensions, so it’s less likely to flood.
Seal Your Basement
Water will seep into spots where there are openings. Ensure your basement gets sealed and caulked to close any potential openings water could take to get in.
Consider the Grade
You want to look at the grade of the ground around your house. You want the grade to slope away from your home so the water doesn’t come toward the house.
Keep Planting Away from Foundation
The roots of plants, when they get large, can cause your foundation to crack, allowing water to enter. Make sure you plant trees and shrubs a distance away from the foundation.
Working Sump Pump
The purpose of a sump pump is to handle water that may make it into your basement and then eliminate it. Make sure you have a battery-powered backup on the sump pump so you don’t lose functionality if there’s a power outage.
Avoiding Basement Flooding
Basement flooding can be a devastating mess to clean up. It’s incredibly frustrating if it happens over and over.
If you have water in your basement, you need help. Contact us to learn more about how we can help you if you’re facing a water emergency in your home.