There are several steps you can take to prevent your basement from flooding:
- Install a sump pump: A sump pump is a device that pumps water out of your basement. It is installed in a pit dug into the floor of your basement, and it can help to prevent water from accumulating in your basement.
- Fix any plumbing problems: Leaky pipes or a faulty water heater can cause water to accumulate in your basement. Make sure to fix any plumbing issues as soon as possible to prevent basement flooding.
- Make sure your gutters and downspouts are in good condition: Clogged or damaged gutters and downspouts can cause water to build up on your roof and eventually leak into your basement. Clean your gutters regularly and repair any damage to keep water away from your foundation.
- Seal any cracks in your foundation: Cracks in your foundation can allow water to seep into your basement. Seal any cracks you find to help prevent flooding.
- Elevate your appliances: If you have appliances like your washing machine or water heater located in your basement, consider elevating them off the floor. This can help to prevent water damage if a leak does occur.
- Consider a backup generator: If your area is prone to power outages, a backup generator can help to prevent basement flooding. If your sump pump relies on electricity to operate, a backup generator will ensure that it continues to run even if the power goes out.
Guest article – How to Prevent Basement Flooding by Installing a Sump Pump
Many homes with basements have a moisture problem. In its worst form, flooding of the basement can occur. The good news is that basement flooding is easily remedied with the installation of a sump pump in the basement. A sump pump will suction away water that collects in a sump pit via a motorized pump.
Sump pumps are easy to install and any do-it-yourselfer with a little motivation can install a sump pump on their own.
Step 1- Prepare the Sump Pit
First, choose a location in the basement where water tends to collect (especially if the floor has a slope). It is also important the location is close to a GFVi (ground fault interrupter outlet). Once content with a location, dig a hole 6 inches deeper and 10 inches wider than the sump tank, which sometimes comes with the sump pump. If not, simply buy a 20 or 30-gallon tank from the home improvement store. If the basement floor is cement, a jackhammer will be needed to dig the hole. Put 6 inches of gravel into the bottom of the hole and place the tank into the hole, on top of the gravel. Pour more gravel around the edges of the hole between the wall of the sump tank and the wall of the hole so that the tank is level. Make sure the lip of the tank is about 2 inches between the level of the floor.
Step 2- Attach the Pump
The next step involves attaching the pipes from the pump to the drainage system. Make sure to install a check valve specifically for vertical operation.
Step 3- Finishing Off
Once all the pipes are connected, finish off the sump pit with cement where the jackhammer tore into the cement. Then place a sump cover over the tank and plug the sump pump into the GFCI outlet. Test it out by dumping a bucket of water into the pit to verify it is working properly.
About the Author
Kelli Miguez is a do-it-yourselfer who runs a resourceful website on Sump Pumps. For more home improvement tips check out: Sump Pump Installation, How to Hang Wallpaper