Water damage can be catastrophic, causing damage and loss of personal property, as well as compromising the integrity of your home. A Flood can happen at any time and anywhere, for a multitude of reasons and catches most homeowners by surprise. When a flood strikes, your basement, as the lowest point in your home is usually the most severely damaged. Flooding in any basement is dangerous, as it can weaken your foundation and potentially compromise the entire structure.
The good news is that there are steps that can be taken to help prevent any basement from flooding. Below we will outline five ways to prevent your basement from flooding.
Clean Your Gutters
Debris such as dried leaves and dirt can block the flow of water in your gutter system, forcing water over the side of your gutters. This water then settles around the foundation of your home and can work its way into your basement. Cleaning your gutters may sound like tedious work, but it is well worth the effort. If you have nearby trees that are taller than your roofline, you are at a high risk of gutter blockage. You should pay extra attention to overhanging branches and falling leaves. The spring and fall seasons are perfect times to clean your gutters.
Install a Backwater Valve
Having a backwater valve installed on your main drain line from your home will prevent any water or sewage from backing up and entering your home. The valve has a flap that allows for water to exit from your home, but that gets pushed shut when back flowing water is trying to move through your pipes back into your home.
Install a Sump Pump
A Sump pump installation will not stop water from entering your basement but will pump this water out and away from your home, limiting any damage. They are extremely important to have in flood prone areas. Once a sump pump basin reaches a certain level of water, it turns on the pump that works by channeling the flood waters out and away from your home.
Basement waterproofing entails the installation of materials and drainage to prevent water from entering your basement. A waterproof membrane is affixed to the outside or inside of your foundation walls (depending on if you are completing an internal or external basement https://www.linkedin.com/company/15222974/waterproofing). This membrane stops any water from passing and channels the water downward to a weeping tile that then drains the excess water away from your home.
Window Well Installation
Window wells are great for letting light into your basement windows, however, a proper window well installation does more than just provide an opening for light. Window wells also prevent the ground around your window from caving in, but more importantly a properly installed window well will allow for any water to drain away. This is achieved with the use of weeping tiles and crushed stone.
If you are concerned about potential basement flooding, don’t wait until disaster strikes to do something about it. Aquamaster Plumbing is your local GTA basement waterproofing specialist. Give us a call today at 416-939-6379 to schedule an appointment with one of our team members.