Floods are the leading disaster in the U.S., which cost more than $3 billion worth of annual claims. Aside from typhoons, hurricanes, and other natural disasters, melting ice and snow can flood your basement, too. It usually happens during a winter thaw, causing snow and ice to melt rapidly.
When your flooded basement stays soggy for an extended period, it could cause severe water damage. Take the time to learn more about water damage. When you see signs of water leak in your home, call a professional leak detection company right away. Doing so can help reduce water damage as well as your water bill.
Aside from melting snow and ice, some of the flood causes in your home or office are burst pipes, flash floods, poor lot grading, cracks in the foundation, and many more. To reduce the risk of flooding, prevention is the answer. Check some of the tips that can help you out:
Clean the downspouts and gutters
Remove all the debris in your home’s downspouts and gutters. Also, the downspouts should be positioned away from the foundation of your abode. They should also drain properly and be at least 6 ½ ft away.
Fill and seal cracks
Inspect the walls of your home for gaps and cracks that could become an entrance for water. The same is true for the foundations and windows of your home. Once you spot cracks and window wells, apply epoxy on the cracks and use a masonry sealer inside your home. For severe cases, ask a professional for help.
Ask a plumber to install a sump pump
A professional plumber can help ensure that your home’s plumbing works properly and is in good condition. They can inspect for any leakage and apply proper fixes when necessary. If your home doesn’t have a sump pump, ask a plumber to install one.
A sump pump draws out water from the sump basin and leads it outdoors. Install one at the lowest area of the basement and ensure that it’s clean by checking it from time to time. This machine requires power to work, so a battery-powered sump pump could come in handy during power outages. Furthermore, it helps mitigate water during a flood. Warped flooring, soaked rugs, damaged walls, and damaged furniture could become worse when you don’t act right away.
Have shrubs and other plants around your property
Shrubs and flowering plants can help absorb excess water, so it’s best to have them around your property. The same is true for porous pavements.
Maintain pipes and drains
Among the common mistakes, you might be making every day is disposing of grease and oil down your drains. This habit could clog your drain. Similarly, you should avoid flushing objects on your toilet, which could block the sanitary pipe.
Remove piles of snow near your home
After shoveling snow from your sidewalk or driveway, make sure to collect them far from your home. When piles of snowmelt near your abode, it could mean disaster.
In closing, a soggy basement could expose the dwellers to possible health risks. It could also damage your property, resulting in health problems and costly repairs.