If you’ve ever walked into your basement and had the carpet squish under your feet or worse yet descended the basement steps to see inches or feet of water pooling up on your floor, you understand the devastation a basement flood creates. Taking the steps now to prevent this catastrophe from happening may be the best thing you can do.
Several factors contribute to potential flooding conditions in your home. Of course, weather in one of the biggest and least controllable factors. If you live in a high precipitation climate, you know that the risk for flooding exists for just about any homeowner. Areas along the coasts where hurricanes may hit are at risk, as are homes that are located near bodies of water such as creeks, lakes and rivers.
While we have no control over flooding associated with natural disasters, we do have control over other conditions that may lead to flooding in our homes. Taking preventive action against these other factors is the most effective way to avoid flood emergencies. Let’s consider a few of these.
Having cracks in the concrete walls in your basement is a potential problem because they can turn into a larger problem—allowing either flooding or even mold or termite infestation. You should have the cracks examined by a basement waterproofing expert to determine if they are indeed a problem.
Poor Yard Drainage
Poor yard drainage can cause water to pool up too close to your foundation. The ground sloping toward the house rather than away from it can often cause this. If this is not fixed, eventually the water will overwhelm the foundation and flood into your home. If you have a septic system in your yard and the water is pooling above the septic field, this can increase the stress load on your septic system, also causing potential flooding problems.
Blocked Septic Systems
Having a blockage in your septic system can also cause this system to backup into your home. Having your septic system regularly pumped out is one of the best ways to avoid this nasty situation.
Problem Gutters and Downspouts
If your gutters or downspouts are plugged, poorly designed or damaged, this will lead to water running off of them and often pooling up around your foundation.
The best way to figure out what is causing your problem or if you have a potential problem is to call in a basement waterproofing expert. Actually, get more than one quote, and ask your friends and neighbors whom they have used. You always want to use a qualified professional and check their references before signing any contracts. This is one case where taking some preventive measures may save you costly clean-up in the future.