Top 6 Tips For Preventing Basement Flooding
Maryland has a long history, and despite its small size it’s one of the most heavily populated areas in the country. Residents here are able to enjoy all the benefits the state offers including great natural beauty, a centralized location close to numerous metro areas, and great weather. However, the rainfall that occurs each year could cause your home’s basement to flood in a big way. To prevent this, you can take some steps that might help safeguard against the problem before it begins. Here’s a look at some of the preventative measures you should consider.
- Ground Slope – The way the ground slopes outside your home will have a big impact on the way the home encounters water. If the ground is sloped towards a home, rainwater and melting snow will be funneled right at your basement – which means it could lead to flooding due to the sheer amount of water moving towards it.
- Check Your Gutters – Many people don’t realize it, but keeping your gutters clean and free from debris or damage could prevent basement flooding. Damaged or clogged gutters can lead to huge amounts of water falling right around your home’s foundation instead of being moved away from the home.
- Waterproofing Membranes – From time to time you’ll need to waterproof your basement. We can help with this, and by using different waterproofing membranes we can help ensure that water won’t be able to penetrate your foundation walls and find its way inside. It’s a preventative measure that is well worth the investment.
- Drainage Ditches – By installing French drains or other drainage ditches around your home you can help collect water and disperse it before it reaches the basement. Generally, it’s important that you let professionals handle this process so you don’t make mistakes that can hinder the overall effectiveness of the process.
- Check Interior Pipes – Many people are so focused on water coming into their basement that they forget about the water they already have in there – in their plumbing pipes. If those pipes leak or condensate, it could lead to flooding in the basement. In other words, be sure that you pay attention to the interior pipes as well as the walls outside.
- Sump Pumps – Sump pumps can help pump out water that does find its way inside, or into a French drain. They’re not always needed, but on occasions when they are it’s a good idea to make sure they’re working properly.
These are just six of the numerous tips you should remember when you’re trying to prevent basement flooding. Here at AA Action Waterproofing, we can help, so don’t hesitate to contact us to find out more about our services.