Preventing Basement Flooding

  • Intermediate

Preventing basement flooding is much easier than dealing with the aftermath of a flood. It’s generally very easy to ensure that your home, basement, and foundation are protected from flooding. Here are a few steps you should take to help protect your basement.

Why Basements Flood

There are a number of problems that can cause basement flooding, such as:

Inclement weather

Hot water tank leaks

Freezer leaks

Sewage backup

Washing machine leaks

Basements flood because they are underground or of old or low-grade construction. To flood-proof your basement, there are a couple of precautions you should consider.

How to Prevent Flooding

The best way to prevent flooding is to ensure that your home is up to code. Have your home inspected by a licensed inspector or plumber, especially if you fear that problems have been overlooked.

If they do not find anything, or if you already know what causes leaking in your basement, there are a number of solutions to consider:

Standpipes - They can be inserted into a drain to divert the flow away from the particular drain that may be having problems

Sewer check valves - These devices regulate the flow of water from your house by making it one-way flow only.

Drain plugs - They are less expensive, but also less reliable. They pop open at a certain pressure point to let the water through and hold it in the rest of the time.

Sealing walls and floor - These steps should be part of your local building codes.

Installing an overhead sewer - This system requiring an ejector pump is very reliable by bringing the sewer pipe at the ceiling level.

Storm Drainage

An often overlooked problem area is the storm drainage system. Your drain spouts may be connected to your plumbing. Devise a test or wait for a storm to see if this is the root of your flooding issue.

A licensed plumber or inspector will be able to identify any potential problem areas, even if flooding has never occurred in your home. If it has occurred, then you can then trace the flooding to its source. Knowing the source, you can devise a succinct plan to prevent basement floods.