Prevent A Flooded Basement This Winter

flooded basementSafeguard your home from a flooded basement this winter by completing a handful of checks that can be done over the course of a weekend. Heavy snow and rain are threatening to unprotected basements because when the temperature on the ground goes above freezing, the accumulated snow instantly melts. The flow of water can easily seep through cracks and porous surfaces around the house. Just as a drastic change from cold to hot can crack glass, the same thing can happen to your foundation over time, making it weaker and more susceptible to basement floods. Secure your home with the following tips to prevent a flooded basement and an expensive bill this winter.

  • Keep the gutters clean, not just before winter, but also during the entire season – and throughout the year. Remove leaves and debris and make sure that gutters are guiding water away from the house with the use of downspout. This will also prevent pools of water from accumulating near the foundation.
  • Water expands as it freezes and frozen pipes can leak up to 250 gallons of water a day! This can cause devastating flooding and structural damage to your home – as well as mold. Wrap pipes in heat cables or tape to insulate them properly and ensure that cold air won’t leak inside where pipes are located.
  • Test your sump pump before you get into the heart of winter. Checks for spots on the hose where water can collect because the water should flow away from your home. If water collects and freezes, it can stop the pump from working and even cause permanent damage. Sump pumps needs power to operate so consider a back-up power source in case power outages are common in your area.
  • Although many people don’t think about roadside grates, blockage there can back water up all the way to your house. Clear the debris from these grates to help water enter the storm sewer if there is heavy rain or snow in the forecast.
  • If you have done all of the above and still find yourself with water in the basement, get rid of it as quickly as possible using the wet dry Dustless vacuum while you investigate the leak source. Call a professional for assistance if you can’t find the source to prevent future flooding and damage.