Stop the Flooding Before it Starts
Summer Storm Series
In case you haven’t noticed, it’s been raining here – A LOT.
Another thing you can do to combat water in your basement is make sure that there is a proper amount of grade around your house. Ideally, the grade should slope away from the house at a rate of one inch down for each foot away from the house. This is just one more way to ensure that the water is flowing where you want it to”¦away from your home.
Being prepared can help you save massive amounts of money.
Also, do you have a sump pump? Surprisingly, there are a lot of people out there who don’t even know what a sump pump is, much less whether or not their basement houses one. Many houses are equipped with sump pits – less seem to be equipped with the corresponding pump. An automatic sump pump can help keep water leakage from normal amounts of rainfall from building up in the basement. When rainfall is constant and heavy as it has been lately, having a backup pump installed isn’t a bad idea, either. A backup sump pump helps provide extra drainage should the flow of water be extremely heavy.
You’ll also want a backup battery for your sump pump. A sump pump won’t do any good if it doesn’t have electricity and, since the power has a tendency to go out when storms are raAll that water has to go somewhere and, unfortunately, sometimes that “somewhere” is right into your basement. While there’s never a surefire way to completely waterproof the underground portion of your home, there are several things you can do to safeguard the dryness of your basement as much as possible.
For instance, make sure that your gutters and downspouts are in good condition, and are free of debris (leaves, nests, etc) AND that they drain at least six feet away from the house, on a downwards slope. You’ll know if your gutters AREN’T working (because they’ve become clogged with leaves, for instance) when you see the water pouring down in sheets over the side of your house like a waterfall.
“Make sure that your gutters and downspouts are in good condition, and are free of debris”
It’s extremely important to note that you should NOT fashion your gutter and/or drainage system to flow into the municipal sewer system – the water should be allowed to percolate back down into the soil. Dumping unnecessary amounts of rainwater down the sewer can overwhelm the system and, potentially, cause sewage to back up into homes.
ging, a backup battery is a logical solution. Check valves and pit alarms are also necessities.
Even though things like gutters and sump pumps may seem like pricy items that you could skimp on, you REALLY don’t want to – the cost of these items pales in comparison to having to replace flooring, furnishings, and more because of a flood.
If you’d like more information on how you can better waterproof your house, please give us a call! J-Tech Construction in Lincoln, Nebraska, can help you get the job done”, and make sure that it’s done right!
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