As Wisconsin continues to unthaw and the spring showers come, your basement is more likely to flood. With a few safeguards in place, you can avoid this from happening. Keep reading to learn more about how you can prevent a flood in your basement.
What can I do to prevent floods in my basement?
Install a Sump Pump
Powered by electricity, this is typically used as a backup system when water is already in your basement to prevent further damage.
Can you add a battery backup to a sump pump?
You can add a battery backup to your sump pump! With a simple installation, you’ll have a backup battery to help save your basement from water damage even if the electricity goes out.
Read more about sump pumps: Common Sump Pump Issues to Watch Out For In Wisconsin
Install the General Pipe Cleaners’ Flood-Guard™
One piece of equipment Watters Plumbing recommends is the General Pipe Cleaners’ Flood-Guard™. The Flood-Guard acts like a check valve that seals off water backup which may be caused by overloaded sewers. This model is available for 2″, 3″ and 4″ drains and comes in a standpipe model for extreme pressure that’s available for 3″ and 4″ drains.
Have your basement sealed
This may be obvious to homeowners who have owned homes for a few years but as new homeowners, this may be something you should check. By sealing the opening to your basement by adding weatherstripping around doors and making sure your windows are caulked, it’s one step closer to preventing a flood in your basement.
Check over your landscaping
While plants do a great job absorbing water from the soil, if they are too close to your home’s foundation, they may cause cracks that allow water in. Check to see if you have any overgrown shrubs that restrict proper drainage.
Add additional extensions to your gutter system
If you notice water pooling at the end of your downspouts, extensions are a cheap way to save you thousands of dollars in damages. These extensions move water away from your foundation so it can drain safely.
Need a sump pump?
Let Watters Plumbing solve a problem before it happens! Our expert team members can install a sump pump in your basement so you will no longer have to worry about your basement potentially flooding.
Read more about plumbing emergencies: Don’t Panic! What to Do in A Plumbing Emergency