In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some basics on how to prevent flooding from taking place in your basement. This is the most common area of a home where flooding or water damage can happen, due to its low location, but there are also some basic ways to stop this from happening, whether during an active remodel or just in general.
At Crown Finish, we’re happy to offer a wide range of basement finishing and remodeling services, including assistance with waterproofing and other forms of water protection. While part one of our series went over things like crack-sealing, gutter care and your sump pump, today’s part two will cover a few additional areas to keep an eye on when it comes to limiting any risk of basement flooding.
Main Sewer Line
In some cases, flooding in a basement will be due not to water from above the home, but from a backup in the home’s main sewer line. Sewer backups are serious, and require professional plumbing services to handle correctly.
If you’re looking to protect against such an issue, it’s best to first have your main sewer line cleaned out, and then consider having a backflow prevention valve installed to ensure that water can’t come up through the pipes. Another option is to have a sump pump installed in your basement, which can help move water away from the area quickly and keep it from accumulating.
If you have windows in your basement, then you’ll also need to check your window wells for any signs of clogs or buildup over time. Window wells are known to find items such as leaves, sticks and other debris, which can cause flooding during heavy rains. Make sure to check your window wells often, and clean them out when necessary.
Finally, you’ll need to keep an eye on the foundation of your home and any cracks or holes in it. Make sure to fill any such issues you find with foundation sealant, as this can help keep water from seeping into your basement and causing flooding.
These can be especially serious, as your foundation is the main barrier between your home and the outside environment. If you notice foundation issues, they could be impacting far more than just your basement’s flood risks, including possibly impacting the structural integrity of your home. As such, if you find these, you should be immediately contacting a professional to get them taken care of.
By following the steps outlined in this two-part series, you’ll be able to greatly reduce the possibility of basement flooding and water damage in your home. Remember that if you do need help with any such issues, we at Crown Finish are here to make sure that everything is handled swiftly. Contact us today for help with repairs, new installations or any other services in Orem or nearby areas.