The thought of walking down and seeing your basement floor swimming in a pool of water can be an absolute nightmare. It’s safe to say that it’s one we’d all rather avoid having to endure in life. And that’s why it’s so important to take the appropriate steps to protect your basement and home from being vulnerable to flooding. So if you want to ensure that your home is protected, here are 4 ways to help avoid basement flooding.
Efficient Gutters and Down Spouts
Your gutters and down spouts are one of the most essential components for reducing that level of vulnerability in your home. They are designed to direct and transport water away from your roof and the foundation of your home. But if they are cracked, broken, or clogged up they could turn against you and creating the perfect storm for water to pool and leak through.
Always inspect, clean and repair your gutters at the end of autumn each year, and ensure that your downspouts are extending far enough away from the foundation of your home.
Level Out Sloping Foundation
When a home is built, the foundation and soil surrounding it should be levelled in such a way that it directs excess moisture away from your home. However, if your home was an older build and may have had improper techniques used, it could in fact, be the very opposite. Beware of the direction of sloping around the foundation, and if you notice that it is in fact leaning inward towards your home, it might be worth your time to contact a foundation repair professional to prevent any future accidents and damage.
Use Vegetation for Absorption
A great strategy and preventative measure for alleviating moisture from flowing towards your home, is by utilizing the absorption qualities of vegetation. That means grass, shrubs, trees and any vegetation that can be placed around your home can help act as a defense barrier for moisture.
Keep an Eye of Nearby Catch Basins
During the wintertime (and the tail end of it especially), your home has to endure a lot of excess moisture. Between the snow, hail, slush, rain and melting snow – it can be a recipe for disaster. Catch basins are meant to help relieve some of that pressure from your home. So help your house out by keeping an eye on the catch basins around it and clearing them off if necessary.
Remove the vulnerabilities from your home and basement by learning how to act now so that you can avoid having to deal with any wet basements in the future.