How to Prevent Basement Flooding

Kansas City has experienced above average rainfall all month and many homes have shown their vulnerability to the water. Check out the 6 tips below to ensure that water doesn’t enter your basement this spring and beyond!

  1. Keep gutters free of debris and position downspouts away from the foundation. The goal is to drain storm water at least three feet away, so if necessary, consider running extensions or troughs.
  2. Inspect the exterior foundation and your basement’s walls and floors. Use epoxy to fill any foundation cracks and if warning signs are detected, apply masonry sealer indoors. For more serious problems, call us for a referral to a professional.
  3. If you have a below-grade sump pump, check to make sure the well is free of debris. If you have a portable pump, position it in the lowest part of the basement and be sure it’s connected to a power source.
  4. If you haven’t had your sewer inspected or your septic tank cleaned, spring is a good time to address these concerns. During periods of prolonged, heavy rainfall, clogged sewers and over-taxed septics are disasters waiting to happen. 
  5. If you have below-grade basement windows, install window well covers that will fasten securely to your home’s foundation. Clear acrylic covers allow light to enter, even as they keep out rain, leaves, and pests.
  6. Review your property insurance policy and consider additional coverage, especially if you have a finished basement. Usually, basic homeowners’ insurance does not cover flooding or sewer backups.

Source: Bob Vila

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