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Despite the fact that nasty weather can have a serious hand in your basement flooding, most of the cases are because of disposal of storm water in the sanitary sewer, foundation drainage, poor lot grading, or faulty roof top drainage. The good news is that you can actually help prevent these types of basement flooding.
Why you need to protect your basement
Why do you need to take steps to look after basement flooding protection? Aside from the general chaos, inconvenience, and mess that it adds, there are a number of other negative effects as well. These include the following:
- If the basement is prone to frequent flooding, it may depreciate the property value of your home
- Repeated basement flooding claims may cause insurance rates or deductibles to rise
- It may cost you thousands of dollars to restore a finished basement
- There is a link between an increase in respiratory problems and living in chronically wet houses
How you can avoid basement flooding
Keep in mind that you have an interconnected system that guides the water away from your home. In order to prevent flooding, this must function properly from beginning to end. Aside from hiring a professional, the best diagnosis can be made by starting at the gutters and downspouts, moving towards the foundation drainage, and going all the way to the plumbing system.
Having a backwater valve installed can prevent the sewage that escapes an overloaded main sewer line from running back into your basement. If sewage backs up from the main sewer, the valve automatically closes. If you have your backwater valve properly installed, it works in such a way that the sewage backup stops altogether and does not come out another end such as in your showers, toilets, and sinks.
Sump pit drainage system
Having an entire sump pit drainage system means that you have a discharge pipe, sump pump, and a sump pit. The sump pit is going to collect the water from the weeping tiles around your basement. The pump is going to push the water outside of the home through the discharge pipe. You want to place the discharge pipe far enough from the home to ensure that you do not have to worry about sewer backflow.
Plumbing fixture maintenance
Having a qualified professional regularly inspect your plumbing fixtures and flood-proofing devices is going to ensure that they are in perfect working order. Your plumbing professional will be able to provide you with safety guidelines and more detailed information about your maintenance needs and what to do in case of flooding.