Protecting Your Home: Six Steps To Help Prevent Your Basement from Flooding

A flooded basement can cause significant damage to your home. It can destroy your household items, furniture, and building foundation. The repairs may cost tens of thousands of dollars. However, homeowners can take six simple steps to prevent flooding in their basements.

  1. Rain Gutters

    Make sure your house’s rain gutters are free of leaves and debris. The gutters should be well connected and properly angled to prevent rainwater from falling on the ground close to the foundation of the house. Undertake regular gutter cleaning even if you have guards on your gutters. Ensure the gutters are cleaned at least twice a year to keep them fully functional.

  2. Downspouts

    Install downspouts on the roof of your house. Make sure they are properly installed to direct rainwater at least 10 feet away from the foundation of the house and onto an area that slopes away from the house. While some homeowners connect downspouts to dry wells, this is not advisable. Dry wells connected to downspouts can quickly fill during the rainy season and force water near the house’s foundation, where it can flow into the basement.

  3. Settling Ground

    Some homes, especially recently constructed ones, are surrounded with back -fills, which allow water to settle and accumulate. The water may eventually flood and start flowing into the basement. You can eliminate back-fills by filling them with top soil and planting grass or other plants to prevent soil erosion. In addition, make sure your home’s back-fills are not elevated to exceed the height of the foundation to prevent adverse drainage problems.

  4. Poorly Pitched Yards

    Make sure the pitch of your yard is not off. Poorly pitched yards direct rainwater towards the house. The water directed towards the house will eventually spill over the foundation and into the sill plates. This will not only cause flooding in the basement but may also cause the walls to collapse. This can be remedied by re-excavating the yard.

  5. Sump Pumps and Pipeline Pigs

    These are machines that automatically pump water that has collected in the basement into specific destinations outside the house. Sumps pumps are easy to install and maintain. Make sure you connect pipeline pigs to the sump pump. Pipeline pigs are devices that help in inspection and cleaning of pipes. These devices protect pipelines from corrosion and cracking, and help detect problems inside the pipeline.

  6. Chemical Sealants

    Water Seepage is one of the major causes of flooding in basements. You can prevent water seepage by applying waterproofing solution on the basement’s walls and floor. Make sure you apply several coats of the solution to seal the walls and floor of the basement completely.

Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She loves to run and bike when she’s not writing articles. For more information check to make sure you are installing these home appliances correctly. Contact Brooke via Twitter @BrookeChaplan.

2 thoughts on “Protecting Your Home: Six Steps To Help Prevent Your Basement from Flooding

  • April 28, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    Good stuff. I live in a valley with very new burn scars…flooding is an immediate danger for us right now. Except for the fact that we are in a drought, lol. But, I think the old saying "when it rains, it pours" was meant for us folks here in Manitou.

  • April 28, 2014 at 5:17 am

    Lots of great suggestions. Also dont dig deeper than the goundwater is at to build a basement.


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