When the Thames River flooded earlier this year, several homeowners were left with basements that seemed more like swimming pools.
It’s not a situation any homeowner wants to face.
A flooded basement is a headache that can cost thousands of dollars to repair.
What’s more, homeowners may also have to deal with the heartache of having to throw out cherished possessions.
If you own a basement, you may worry about whether or not you’ll have to face the same situation one day.
Unfortunately, basements will always carry some risk of flooding.
However, there are several flooded basement prevention steps you can take to make your basement much less prone to flooding and let you sleep a little more soundly at night.
Install A Sump Pump
One of the best steps you can take to keep your basement dry is to install a sump pump.
A sump pump is, as the name suggests, a small pump that rests at the bottom of your basement, usually in a hole called a sump pit.
If any excess water spills into the sump pit, the pump goes to work and pumps the water a safe distance away from your house.
This prevents your building from flooding, which can not only save you the money you would spend in repairing the flood damage, but also help to preserve the integrity of your home’s foundation.
Keep Your Drains Clear
Cleaning drains may seem more like a chore than a preventative measure, but it could mean the difference between a dry basement and a wet one.
Keep your drains clear by installing a basket trap in your shower to prevent residue buildup and catch stray hairs before they get into your drain and potentially clog it.
Also make sure you don’t put oil down the drain.
Oil and fat can also clog drains, especially once they congeal.
You might also want to regularly service your drains with an environmentally safe drain cleaner.
This is a preventative measure that will help to eliminate smaller clogs and break up any residue.
Install A Backwater Valve
The problem with a flooded basement isn’t just the water.
It can also be what the water brings with it, especially if the water comes from a sewer backup.
That’s where a backwater valve comes in.
A backwater valve is different from a sump pump.
The sump pump helps stop groundwater floods, while the backwater valve prevents sewer backups.
It basically creates a one-way flow from your house to the sewer system, and if it detects any backflow it will shut down, sealing your house from the consequences of a flow reversal.
These are so effective the city of Ottawa actually passed a by-law requiring backwater valves to be installed in all new homes.
Contact Triton Plumbing & Service
If you want to make sure your basement has the latest prevention measures installed, let us know.
Contact us at email@example.com or by phone at (226) 270-246.
Our experts will be glad to discuss the latest basement flooding prevention measures and set up an appointment to have them installed.