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Preventing Basement Flooding

A common annoyance faced by many homeowners is basement flooding, often occurring after a significant bout of rainfall.  Even for those who have not had the misfortune of dealing with this problem, taking preventative measures could save you some trouble in the future.

Here are some tips:

Extend rain gutter downspouts well away from your house – If your gutter is depositing water within close range of your house, this can eventually build up and cause leaks.  One option is to attach the downspout to a PVC pipe which can then be run under the ground and/or away from your home.

Make sure rain gutters are clean – Especially during the fall season.  A gutter stuffed with leaves will not be able to dispose of the rain water, which will instead overflow and accumulate at the base of your home.

Ensure there is slope around the foundation – A noticable downward slope of the area that surrounds your home’s foundation is necessary to prevent accumulation of rainfall or melted snow.  Ideally, the ground should slope downward for several feet, at a rate of about 1 inch per foot. It is also necessary to make sure that there are no bumps in the slope. If there are, these can be fixed without too much trouble by simply using a shovel.

Use a concrete sealer – While useful as a finishing touch for any flooding prevention effort, concrete sealers on their own cannot guarantee that your basement will stay dry, as they will yield to significant water pressure.  They can, however, seal out moisture in general and hold up against minor water pressure .

Running a dehumidifier – Another finishing touch.  Especially during warmer periods of weather, the humidity in your basement will rise.  When this happens, moisture can come up through the floor and general dampness may occur.  A dehumidifier will help prevent this

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