3 Things You Should Be Doing to Prevent Basement Flooding
It’s always going to be a nightmare when you come home from work or a vacation and find that your basement has flooded. Unfortunately, this is a common thing to happen to homeowners, and not just around Dyer. Luckily, there are some simple steps you can take to help you avoid this situation in the future. Keep reading to learn more about the easy ways in which you can protect your home from flooding.
Check Your Gutters and Sewers
It seems like an obvious thing to do, but many people forget to check their gutters for debris. An accumulation of debris can easily cause a flood in your backyard, which can quickly lead to flooding in the basement. Make sure to clean your gutters and check for tree branches at least every spring and fall and after big storms. In addition, it is vital to check the sewers around your foundation to make sure they are not clogged or backed up. You may need to call a contractor in to come clean out the sewer system unless it is maintained by the city. Remember to ask yourself these 8 important general contracting questions before you decide which contractor to go with.
Check for Cracks in Your Foundation
If there are cracks in your foundation you will most definitely get water in your basement when a heavy rain rolls through. It is vital that you seal cracks in the foundation walls and basement ﬂoors to prevent flooding in your basement. Some holes can be fixed with masonry caulk, while other holes may need professional help. If you’re not sure whether your crack or hole needs serious work, contact us to discuss the issue. We’re happy to advise you on what the best route should be.
Install Window Well Coverings
An easy way for water to enter your basement is through windows. Because of that, it’s a good idea to install a window well covering that will protect your windows from water pooling around them. A window well covering will also allow you to open your basement windows, no matter the weather, to allow airflow and prevent condensation and mold from building up.
What Do I Do if My Basement Floods?
Unfortunately, even if you do all of these things, your basement may still flood if the storm is severe enough. If your basement has already flooded, you’ll want to call a plumber right away and turn off the electricity. Open all the windows to allow for airflow and use old rags to soak up any residual water.
Contact Marcotte General Contracting for Help With Your Basement
If the damage from flooding is severe, you may want to consider hiring a general contractor to properly fix things. If you’re at this point, remember that a great reason to choose us is due to our extensive knowledge and experience — and while we’re based in Dyer, IN, we’re happy to provide general contracting services nationwide.