Avoid Basement Flooding This Season

basement floodingThe spring season is here, even though it may not feel like it quite yet. It is never too early to start thinking about the risks that come with the rainy spring season. As the snow melts and rain continues, basement flooding is very common in communities throughout Wisconsin.

Here are a few suggestions that you can use to avoid a flooded basement this season.

  • Check your gutters and downspouts for debris. Clean out any buildup and position the downspout away from the foundation of your home.
  • Drain any storm water at least three feet away from your homes foundation.
  • Examine your foundation and look for cracks. You should also check your basement’s walls and floors, if you see cracks, fill them with epoxy.
  • Make sure your sump pump is working properly. If you have a below-grade pump, make sure you clean it of any debris. A portable sump pump should always be plugged in and positioned at the lowest part of your basement.
  • Spring is a good time of year to have your sewer inspected and cleaned.
  • During a heavy rain storm, walk around you home to see if there is any pools of water next your home and if the surface water is directed towards your home. You may need to talk to a local landscaper for advice on how to fix your yard so the surface water is directed away from your house.
  • You may want to install a generator to provide you with electric service if your sump pump were to fail due to a power outage.

We hope flooding is not a major issue this spring; however, it is always good to be prepared. Review the advice above and inspect your home to see if there is anything you need to do in order to prepare for spring flooding.

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