Basement flooding can be devastating. It will impact the structural integrity of a home and its consequences will have to be dealt with over a long period of time. Whether stemming from a storm or plumbing problems, basement flooding is a viable threat.
There are several things that homeowners can do to reduce the risk of basement flooding and the damage that it could potentially cause. A partnership with a reputable plumbing company is obviously of uttermost importance. Several other essentials matter, as well.
Cleaning the Rain Gutters
Something as simple as maintaining gutters in ideal condition can prevent a major disaster.
Blocked gutters (because of the accumulation of leaves, debris and organic matter) will cause the water to overflow and pool directly next to the house’s foundations. The water will soon find its way in the basement.
Get in the habit of cleaning the gutters every few months and before a major storm. Follow the weather forecast to make sure that you’re 100 percent prepared for any upcoming downpour.
The gutters should drain at least 6’ away from the house to make the risk of flooding minimal. In addition, the gutters should always drain down slope and away from the house.
A basement dehumidifier is a very important essential that every household should have. When buying such items, pay close attention to the capacity of the dehumidifier. A capacity of at least 65 pints per day is the absolute minimum.
A dehumidifier should be used full capacity during wet seasons and before a storm is expected.
Even if a flood doesn’t take place, the basement happens to be quite moist. Too much moisture will cause structural damage over the long run. Thus, the purchase of the dehumidifier right now can save a lot of money on property repairs in the future.
Check the Condition of Your Plumbing
Old plumbing is particularly dangerous and usually one of the major causes for basement water damage. Over time, plumbing standards and materials have changed. Many old techniques and standards have become obsolete. If you don’t know what your plumbing looks like or when it was put together, you’ll need to ask for professional assistance. Companies like Action 1 Restoration will diagnose your plumbing system, help you pinpoint shortcomings and reduce the risk of experiencing a basement flood. Read more about the A1R water and flood damage services.
Some of the essentials that a plumbing inspection will need to focus upon include the availability of a backwater sanitary valve on the lateral, a sump pump, the manner in which the foundation drainage works and the location of the sanitary sewer lateral.
What to do in the Case of a Basement Flood
If a basement flood occurs regardless of your efforts, you’ll have to act fast to minimize the damage. One of the very first steps depending on the amount of water is to get in touch with Action1Restoration for water removal and extraction. The plumbing may need fixed or the water turned off, but then you will need to have the water removed. Learn more about our water removal services that the partners of A1R provide.
Personal safety is of uttermost importance, so put protective clothing on before doing anything. Turn off your home’s power because the risk of electric shocks is significant.
The next thing you need to do is call a plumber right away. Action 1 Restoration has emergency services and a team will arrive to your address in a matter of minutes. Professionals know what it takes to pump the water out and keep it from causing more serious damage.
While waiting for the team to arrive, think about the origin of the flood. If it has been caused by a burst pipe or another plumbing problems, you should attempt to shut off the main water valve. Only engage in this activity if you can safely accomplish the goal. Don’t jeopardize your well being – people that are inexperienced should wait for the plumbers to arrive.
The final thing to do is to attempt to salvage your belongings. Remove everything you can from the flood zone. Getting items out of there immediately will reduce the risk of mold forming after the water has been pumped out.
Concerned about basement flooding and not sure about the condition of your plumbing? Give us a call today to have a comprehensive professional inspection scheduled.