Flooding Foundation: 3 Precautions To Consider

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Spring and summer bring warmer weather, but they can also bring the risk of heavy storms that flood property and the foundations of homes. If you live in an area of the country where flooding is a seasonal problem, you should look into the many options that are available for preventing structural damage and property loss. Many of the solutions to foundation flooding don’t require a large expenditure of funds. Here are 3 simple solutions to foundation flooding that can cause damage to your home.

1—Fix Foundation Cracks

Give your home’s foundation a thorough inspection, looking for long cracks that can allow water into your basement. Most homes have some foundation cracks that are due to shifting of the soil as it freezes and thaws during the seasons. The small separations become even wider when the water enters them, freezes and then thaws. Homeowners can find a wide range of compounds for patching these foundations cracks. Some of the products are waterproof, which will help to prevent seepage into basement areas. If you have severe cracking in your foundation walls, you should contact a professional foundation contractor who can advise on the options for repairs.

2 –Add A Sump Pump

Many homeowners find that installing a sump pump, like those at Rite-Way Waterproofing, is the best solution for seasonal flooding problems. A number of different types are available. Some are installed beneath the floor of the basement, while others sit on the basement floor itself. These devices will automatically turn on and pump out any water that accumulates. A back-up battery for the sump pump is also a good idea, in case heavy storms knock out the electricity. If this occurs, the back-up battery will keep the sump pump functioning to keep your property dry.

3—Use Methods To Divert Water Away From The Foundation

A number of systems are available to ensure that water travels away from the foundation of your home, where it can begin to pool and seep into basement areas. Inspect your gutter system carefully to determine if gaps or holes are allowing water to fall near foundation areas. Make repairs and do regular inspections to ensure that gutters are performing as designed. Install extensions at gutter ends to carry rainwater away from the foundation walls.

Your home’s foundation is an important structural element that should be protected and repaired to prevent further damage. If you notice moisture accumulating on foundation walls or flooded areas of the basement, you should take immediate steps to halt the problem before it becomes worse. These tips can help to prevent further damage, to preserve your investment in your home.

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  1. NormaJane (NJ) on

    This headline stuck out at me. Our basement flooded last May. 1 month before our daughters wedding. The sewer backup because the town pump broke down during a storm and since we are at the end of the line our house was the first to backup 🙁 After 6 mths we have a new basement. To get to this point was a lot of emotions. Thanks for your suggestions:)

  2. Kristi Friesen on

    These are all really important tips. After moving into our duplex, there was some leaking into the basement because of cracks in the foundation and we had to get them professionally repaired. We also have a sump pump because of living in an area with a high water table, it runs a lot during rainy weather.

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