If your home has a basement or crawl space, you are at risk for flooding and water damage. While your house’s location certainly can increase or decrease your vulnerability to flooding, one thing is certain: if you have a basement, it can flood if you don’t have the right prevention and protection plans in place.
We have had quite a bit of precipitation this autumn and forecasts are predicting an especially wet (and snowy) winter. Now is the time to protect your basement so you aren’t battling basement flooding throughout the winter or spring thaw. Here are a few ways you can get started.
Double Check Your Gutters
If your gutters and downspouts are not operating as well as they should, you are at a higher risk for flooding in your basement. Your downspouts should push water away from your house foundation and your gutters should be clear from debris so that water can freely flow through. If this is not the case, clear out and readjust your gutter system as soon as possible.
Upgrade Your Sump Pump
Your sump pump is your first line of defense for basement flooding. Unfortunately, many homeowners do not repair or replace their sump pumps until it is too late and damage has occurred. If your current pump has been in your home for more than 7 years, or if you have noticed it is not as efficient as it was in years past, it is time to invest in a replacement. A replacement sump pump is an easy way to give yourself peace of mind that your basement is safe.
Inspect Your Sewer Plumbing
This is a great time of year to call in the professionals from Elk Grove Village Sewer and Plumbing for a sewer and pipe inspection. If you have noticed sluggish drains or other plumbing problems, it could be an indication of clogged pipes that could cause problems later. An inspection is quick and our team can give you a plan of action to take care of any potential concerns.
Protect your basement from flooding by being proactive this autumn. Call the team at Elk Grove Village Sewer and Plumbing today to create a plan that suits your home and your budget.