Flood damage in basementFlooded basements are one of the most common types of calls we receive.  It can be very devastating and costly, however,  you can take some flood prevention steps and actions to protect your home when flooding does occur in your area:
  1. Prevention Analysis – Before a flood situation occurs,  take a look around your property for ways to divert rainwater away from your home and make sure the grade of your yard surfaces slope away from your home.
  2. Clean Your Gutters – Blocked gutters can cause all of your roof water to drain directly against your foundation -which increases the possibility of basement flooding.
  3. Extend Your Gutter Downspouts Away From Your Home – It is important that you extend your gutters away from your home and is a simple project to do.  Do not connect your downspouts to your foundation footer drain tiles or to underground dry wells.
  4. Checkout Your Yard During A Heavy Rainstorm – Next time you get a heavy rain,  go out and check to see if water is ponding next to your home or if water is being directed toward your home.  If it is, contact your local landscaper for advice on how you can regrade your yard to have it directed away from your home.
  5. Invest In Emergency Power – One of the most valuable things you can do, is to purchase an automatic emergency generator.  In the case when power is lost, the emergency generator can provide power for essential things like your furnace, electric heat/air, well pump, septic tank pump, sump pump and refrigerator.  Maintaining power to these essentials can save you THOUSANDS of dollars!
  6. Install A Sump Pump AND A Backup Sump Pump – The sump pump should help keep water leakage from building up in the basement, which is your first line of defense against basement flooding.  However, they can fail – just like anything else, so a backup sump pump (preferably with a battery-operated pump that is configured with a switch to begin working if your main sump pump fails).  You can also purchase them with an alarm that goes off whenever the battery operated sump pump starts, so you know something is wrong.
  7. Family Emergency Plan –  It is imperative that you have a plan in place for your family.  Please refer to our page on family emergency planning.  http://locations.pauldavis.com/wash/about-us/family-emergency-plan-information/
  8. Purchase Flood Insurance – Flooding is one the most common hazard in the United States and it can happen anywhere at anytime.  Check with your insurance agent to see if they provide flood insurance or contact FEMA for more information on purchasing flood insurance.