Monday, 19 March 2012

Preventing Basement Flooding

A backflow valve will ensure that your basement
remains unflooded!
As winter transitions to spring, the risk of basement flooding increases. Large deposits of snow melt and runoff can seep into your home, causing a serious headache. There are, however, a number of measures you can take to reduce the risks of basement flooding.

1. Divert water away from your home. 
  • Keep your gutters clean. One of the most easily preventable causes of home flooding is ensuring that your gutters are free of clogs. Rainwater should flow smoothly into your downspouts and away from your home. 
  • Ensure downspouts divert water far from home. Make sure your downspouts direct the water at least 3 metres from your home. This will ensure that water doesn't drain into the basement. 
2. Consider investing in a backflow valve and sump pump
  • Install a backflow valve. Backflow valves (also known as check valves) allow sewage to exit the home through the sewage pipes, but stops sewage from going the other way. When sewage is forced back into your house, which would normally cause a sewage backup, a flap closes and prevents it from doing so. 
  • Install a sump pump. To prevent rain water from flooding your basement, a sump pump is a highly effective solution. Excess rain water is pumped safely away from the house, stopping you from being inundated. 
  • Be sure to check with your municipality first, since these kinds of installations often require a permit. 
3. Take preventative measures
  • Keep valuables off the floor. If you live in a flood-prone area, keep your valuables off the floor. Instead of storing your old photo albums in a box on the ground, install a shelf so that in the event that you're overwhelmed with flood water, your most priceless memories will be safe. This also goes for items of monetary value -- for instance, be sure your home theatre system is stored above the ground. 
  • Keep furniture elevated. Finally, you can elevate your furniture with shims and casters, to give yourself a little bit of time before your couches and chairs are destroyed.  


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