Winter seems to be coming to an end and the question on the back of most homeowners’ minds is, “How can I avoid the basement flooding this spring?” No one wants to go through what may seem to be the annual flooded basement clean-up process. We know flooded basements are a hassle, whether it’s just a little water or enough for your kids to think of the basement as a new pool, and making the effort to prevent basement flooding from here on out will give you some peace of mind.
Learning about how to avoid basement flooding doesn’t have to be difficult. There are many different ways a homeowner or a contractor can ensure a clean and waterproof basement. Some of the most effective ways from the original construction to years down the road are…
Damp proofing the exterior basement wall when the basement is constructed with a tar application
Apply a rubberized membrane on the exterior of the basement wall
Invest in a battery backup sump pump for times when the power goes out during storms
Invest in a backup generator for power outages as an extra precaution if you have any concerns about battery life of the backup sump pump
Check your sump pump frequently and ensure proper maintenance of it
Ensure that your window wells are properly kept clean
Check your drains to make sure that they are free of debris
Invest in reinforced heavy duty plastic covers for your window wells in lieu of metal grates to keep the water out
Ensure proper grading of your yard away from the house to allow for proper draining
Install down spout extensions to your gutter to aid in draining excess water away from the house
If this post has been reminding you of the basement remodel you’ve been considering for quite some time, please feel free to give us a call! Patrick A. Finn, Ltd. has been working in Arlington Heights, Barrington, Palatine, Inverness and the surrounding areas for 25 years. We’ll take your basement from ordinary to the new favorite place in your home. Tell us about the project you’re thinking about, contact Patrick A. Finn, Ltd., at (847) 358-4133.