The lack of April showers has made many forget about the possible dangers of basement flooding. Why worry about your basement when you can spend the day in your garden or playing with your kids in the yard? What’s the point in worrying about flooding when there’s not a drop of rain in sight? Why? Because soon this dry spell is going to turn into a major rainfall, and now is the time to take steps to make sure your home is prepared. I, Ameri-Dry Guy, am here to offer you some helpful tips to help you ensure that your basement stays safe and dry when the rains do show up. Follow these tips below and you will be on your way!
Prevention is the key in keeping your basement dry. There are multiple things that you can do to the interior and exterior of your home to keep it flood proof. Here are a few:
Problems with RAIN GUTTERS can be a leading cause of flooding. Look at the rain gutters on the exterior of your home and make sure that they are not bent or broken. Also, take a look inside the rain gutters and remove any sticks, leaves, or other debris. Broken and clogged gutters cause rain to accumulate next to your home’s foundation, which leads to increased chances of flooding and water damage.
Drainage issues in YOUR YARD can also lead to basement flooding. Be sure the grade of your yard slopes away from your home’s foundation. This will help prevent any rain water from collecting and causing puddles around your home and seeping into the basement. If you notice puddles around the base of your house, call a licensed landscaper to check the grade of your yard and fix any possible issues.
Basement flooding isn’t only an exterior issue. There are many preventative steps you can take to the interior of your home, as well.
Check your SUMP PUMP in your basement regularly. You can check your sump pump by lifting the lid and adding water until the sump float activates the pump. Once activated, you should hear the sump pump turn on and begin to drain the water. If your sump pump does not turn on, check for any clogs or debris. If the sump pump still does not turn on, call a professional waterproofing contractor, like Ameri-Dry, to inspect your current system or install a new sump pump in your basement.
In addition, be sure your home has FLOOD INSURANCE This insurance can be added to many existing policies. Unfortunately, there are some policies that do not include flood insurance for homeowners. Never fear! All homeowners can purchase a separate flood insurance policy through The National Flood Insurance Program. With flood insurance you can have the peace of mind that your basement will be protected for any damage that may occur.
If you notice any signs of cracks in your home’s foundation, the time to act is NOW while it’s still dry. Be sure to CONTACT A BASEMENT WATERPROOFING EXPERT like me, Ameri-Dry Guy, and I’ll be there to inspect your basement and provide you with a free inspection. This is the safest and most effective way to prevent a basement flooding problem.
Now you know how to be your own super-dooper basement flooding defender! Of course, these are merely preventative measures. Sometimes by the time you realize you have a flooding problem, it is too late. But don’t worry: I, Ameri-Dry Guy, am always here for any basement waterproofing issue you may face.
With over 30 years of basement waterproofing experience, Ameri-Dry offers patented, permanently dry systems that are backed by a full lifetime warranty. For more information about Ameri-Dry and Ameri-Dry Guy, visit www.keepamericadry.com, follow Ameri-Dry on Facebook or Twitter.