Basement Floods can be avoided

4 Preventive Measures Every Property Owner should know

The two places in any home that get ignored the most are probably the attic and the basement. No one really goes there regularly and it is essentially a place where you put away things that you don’t want any more or just simply don’t have the time to dispose. But when water damage takes place, the attic is safe. Well, unless you have ignored a previous water damage situation and you have a mold issue which has taken root in your attic. For most parts however, the attic remains safe.

The same cannot be said about your basement. In fact, the first place water will flood anytime there is a leakage or if there is flooding from natural causes is the basement. But in a lot of cases, water damage to the basement can be totally avoided. Provided of course, the property owner is aware of what needs to done and is proactive about containing water damage to begin with.

If you are a property owner with a basement, then this is something you need to be reading very carefully.

Spring Cleaning – Take it Seriously!

Come spring everything is melting. It is wonderful to not have to worry about frozen pipes bursting. But all that ice does not melt away in a day or two nor does it simply evaporate. All the melted snow can easily cause water buildup in your home. The gutters and the area around your house will also have snow buildup. So instead of allowing ice chunks to block the gutters and cause a blockage, have it cleaned up so any flooding can be avoided.

Keep an Eye out on your Sump Pump

Most basements have a sump pump. Make sure that the pump is always in running condition and clean. Any issue of a blocked valve again is an invitation to flooding. A good way to keep an eye on the functioning of the sump pump is by installing alarms that warn you when the pump stops working. Also, it is best that you have a battery installed for running the sump pump in case there is power outage. This way, you will not be caught off guard, and you can be in a position to take the necessary action and avoid any kind of flooding.

Identifying and Detecting Leaks

Most house owners will agree that often it is leakage which causes basement flooding. Regular maintenance apart, a good way to avoid and detect leakage is by installing alarms in places that are vulnerable to leakage. These alarms can warn you of leakage even when you are out of your house.

Regular Maintenance is Mandatory

It is a bit of a burden, but like your car, your house needs regular maintenance. Check for cracks and crevices, check your plumbing and electrical systems, and carry out any repair work immediately or as quickly as possible. Cracks are like tears in a fabric or piece of clothing. It gets bigger with time and under pressure. Also a cause of concern are window wells which can allow water to seep into the basement. If you are unsure about how to deal with any potential damage, then contact a professional to help you with water proofing your property.

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