A flooded basement is basically every homeowner’s worst nightmare. But the truth is that of all homes with basements, over 98% of them will sustain some type of water damage. That means you’ll need to do everything you can to keep your home dry and safe from the start.
Look for foundation cracks
If your basement leaks when it rains , it may not always be a sign that you have structural issues. But that may be the case in some homes, especially older ones. You’ll want to inspect your foundation’s exterior as well as the walls and floors of your basement for any cracks. Fixing basement leaks can be tricky, so it’s best to call a professional to make sure it’s done right.
Check your gutters
When gutters and downspouts get clogged or when they’re too close to the foundation, you may experience poor drainage. All that excess water can easily end up in your basement. Clean out your gutters on a regular basis (especially before winter begins) and make sure your storm water drains at least three feet away from the foundation.
Inspect your sump pump, sewer, or septic tank
You’ll need to make a habit of cleaning out your sump pump, septic tank, or sewer on at least an annual basis. Below-grade sump pumps should be checked for debris, while portable units should remain in the lowest part of your basement. If you can’t remember when you had your septic or sewer system inspected, make sure you do so as soon as possible. Even one heavy rainstorm could lead to a disgusting flood that requires expensive repairs.