Many homes will have many uses for their basement. That space can be used for storage, for the washer and dryer, as another finished living room, or maybe as a rented apartment space. Regardless of how the room is used, the one thing that they have in common is that it is the lowest space of the house. The basement is the area is most at risk of flood damage.
A flooded basement means more than just excess water in your home. That water will damage your floors, your walls, and your belongings. If not properly cleaned and dried, then the development of mold is likely. The cost of emergency restoration from a flooded basement can be extreme, so take every measure possible to prevent your basement from flooding.
Flooding can be caused by several reasons, some of those from inside the house, and others from outside. Heavy rains, or even the snow melt in the spring, can bring large amounts of water in a small amount of time. That introduction of water can overwhelm your home’s foundation.
On the inside, burst pipes, broken appliances, or sewage backups will also cause flooding in your basement. It’s possible for you to monitor some of these things, but surprises can happen, and stopping the water swiftly is important to ease the cleanup process.
Having a sump pump is one of the best options to limit how much water can get into your home. The function of the sump pump is to remove groundwater before it can rise to a level where it will flood. Your sump pump is below ground level, and will divert water through outside pipes and away from your house. Sump pumps will also have a battery backup, so if your home loses power in a heavy storm, the sump pump will still function as it should.
Another way to prevent water from getting in from the outdoors is to help divert it away from the house. By focusing on your landscaping, you can build a path and control the flow of water, typically through a French drain or other landscaping designs.
As for water issues that happen inside the home, inspecting your pipes and plumbing will help identify any potential problems. Quickly repair leaks or broken pipes, and check the attachments on your appliances, like the washing machine or dishwasher.
Like nearly all potential home problems, preventing the problem is less expensive than fixing the problem. For more information on how to prevent a flooded basement, call Kellermeier Plumbing at 616-866-5134. At Kellermeier Plumbing, we pride ourselves on being honest and upfront with our customers and strive to provide our clients with the highest level of service.