While most of us look forward to spring each year, with its warmer weather and sunnier days, many of us dread the possibility of flooding, especially when that excess water finds a way into the basement.
In just a matter of hours, a rainstorm can cause extensive water damage. Here are 5 steps you can take this spring to prevent basement flooding.
- Invest in a Sump Pump
If your basement is prone to flooding, installing a sump pump is one of the most effective ways to keep water at bay. If you already have a sump pump, you might consider investing in a backup generator to ensure you’re protected from floods in the event of a power outage.
- Seal Your Basement Properly
Sealing your basement will help keep water from seeping in through cracks. Use weatherstripping around basement windows and doors and apply caulk around the edges of your basement floor to keep water out.
- Landscape Carefully
If you have plants near the foundation of your home, they may be contributing to basement flooding. Plant roots can easily cause cracks in your walls and foundation, which can let water in. Certain plants, like shrubs, can also affect drainage and cause water to pool along the edges of your home.
- Install Downspout Extensions
Downspout extensions attach to the ends of your gutters and route water away from your property, where it could seep into your basement. They’re one of the most inexpensive options for preventing flooding, especially if water frequently pools around your home’s foundation.
- Clean Your Gutters
If your gutters are clogged, or in disrepair, water can easily back up and cause leaks. We recommend you clean your gutters at least twice a year to keep leaves, twigs, and other debris cleared away.
Schedule Plumbing Service in Roscoe
If you’re looking to install a new sump pump or address sewer and drainage problems, call the professionals at Pearson Plumbing. Our technicians have years of experience tackling basement flooding problems, and we can help you find a solution that restores your comfort and peace of mind. We’re the best choice for plumbing service in Roscoe, Rockford, and the surrounding areas.
Call us today at (815) 398-8312 to schedule an appointment or to learn more about our services.