How to Avoid a Flooded Basement by SERVPRO of Chemung & Schuyler Counties
There are certain signs of spring we all welcome: cheery daffodils, increased daylight, and the chirping of birdsreturning from their winter vacations. Along with those happy signs of spring, a less welcome sign may be an annual event for you- basement flooding. Spring rains often bring out the worst in flawed grading and foundations, leaving homeowners with a mess. If you've never dealt with basement flooding before, there's a set procedure to getting things back in order.
First, get rid of the water. SERVPRO of Chemung & Schuyler Counties has equipment to extract the water from your home. If you have more then a few inches of water, your best bet is to leave it to the professionals. We have more powerful equipment and can get the job done quickley. After the water is removed, we will need to dry things out. We will provide as much ventalation as possible to decrease the possibilty of mold growth. Our team uses Dehumidifiers and Air Movers to dry out the rest of the structure.
Cleaing out a basement flood is alot of work and can get expensive. Here are some steps to take to prevent it from happening this spring.
- Gutter & Downspouts-Keep gutters free of debris and position downspouts away from the foundation. The goal is to drain storm water at least three feet away, so if necessary, consider running extensions or troughs.
- Foundation Cracks- Inspect the exterior foundation and your basement's walls and floors. Use epoxy to fill any foundation cracks and if warning signs are detected, apply masonry sealer indoors. For more serious problems you may want to call a pro.
- Sump Pump-
If you have a below-grade sump pump, check to make sure its well is free of debris. If you have a portable pump, position it in the lowest part of the basement and be sure it's connected to a power source.
- Sewers & Septics- If you haven't had your sewer inspected or your septic tank cleaned, spring is a good time to address these concerns. During periods of prolonged, heavy rainfall, clogged sewers and over-taxed septics are disasters waiting to happen.
- Window Well Covers- If you have below-grade basement windows, install window well covers that will fasten securely to your home's foundation. Clear acrylic covers allow light to enter, even as they keep out rain, leaves, and pests.
- Generators- Remember a sump pump only works if you have power. If you live in an area plagued with frequent storms and power outages, a generator may be a long-term investment worth considering.
- Insurance- Review your property insurance policy and consider additional coverage, especially if you have a finished basement. Usually, homeowners' insurance does not cover flooding or sewer backups.