You spend thousands of dollars refinishing your basement from a concrete dungeon into a relaxing and multi-dimensional living quarters. Then out of nowhere one especially rainy spring day, ground water and sewage invades your basement, soaks your carpet, baseboards and walls, ruins your tile and turns your prized investment into a massive, moldy, smelly creek. A refinished basement isn’t finished unless it has strong flood prevention measures built in. Every finished basement needs an emergency plan to protect your home and family when flooding occurs. Most basements flood because of leaks in a home’s basement walls, poor lot drainage, failure of foundation drains, overflowing gutters, and most commonly, from an over-saturation of the soil, which causes rising ground water.
Contractors recommend inspecting and investigating your property for ways to divert rainwater away from your home. If this is the case, contact a landscaper or excavation contractor for advice on ways to regrade your yard and redirect surface water away from your home. When a heavy storm takes out your home’s electricity for an extended period of time, the odds of your home flooding multiply by a factor of ten.
Install an automatic emergency generator to provide electric service for essential circuit like your furnace, refrigerator, septic tank pump, and most importantly, sump pump. For a home owner, there is no worse feeling than calling your insurance agent after disaster strikes and discovering your policy doesn’t cover your loss.
Summer months can bring heavy rainfall, and with heavy rainfall comes the risk of basement flooding. There are several precautionary steps you should take to prepare for flooding, but there are also ways you can prevent it from happening in the first place.
First, you should consult with Pittsburgh’s flood plain map (other cities can go here), which details each community’s risk for flooding.
Your basement isn’t "finished" without some flood prevention steps, actions to protect your home when flooding does occur and an emergency plan to provide for your family's welfare until you can return to your home. Home alarm and security companies can provide you with an alert to your cell phone or pager when your power goes out or if your basement floods.
Make sure you carry emergency contact numbers for your plumber or electrician in the event of receiving an alert.
Put a vent or hole in the the basement wall where where flooded water can flow out such as by the basement windows. You can help prevent basement water problems by keeping your rain gutters clean, extending rain gutter downspouts and other routine maintenance.


Where the sump pump is, try making the hole deeper so it will collect longer before it floods out onto the floor where your plasma TV is.
Meet Lojjik, a college student and wikiHow Admin and Booster, who has been active in the community for over 8 years. Restoration of a flooded basement can be a costly situation, especially if your home insurance policy doesn’t cover flood damage.
For homes standing in low lying areas like along the Mississippi River, a basement flooding plan is essential to financial survival. 1 way to avoid a flooding disaster in your basement is to think proactively before heavy rains strike and install layers of flood protection.
Extend rain gutter down spouts at least six feet away from your basement’s walls away from your home and ensure the grade of your yard surfaces slope away from your home. The government provides inexpensive flood insurance through the National Flood Insurance Program. Ask an out-of-state relative or friend to be the "family contact" in case your family is separated during a flood.
Flood restoration is expensive and time consuming, so it’s incredibly important that you take as many preventative measures as possible. FEMA determines how likely it is for an area to flood by studying rainfall, storm tides, and river flow and then comparing that to its topographical information.
Furthermore, if you don’t have the experience or equipment for this project it may be best to hire professionals to do it for you. You won’t regret taking a few minutes out of your day to assess your home to determine the likelihood of basement flooding. A simple flash flood or a cresting creek can easily transform your new carpeting into a massive, moldy sponge.
Long before you're in a flooding situation, look around your property for ways to divert rainwater away from your home. Blocked gutters will cause all of the roof water to dump directly against your foundation, increasing the likelihood of basement flooding. Install an automatic emergency generator to provide electric service for essential circuits like your furnace or electric heat, well pump, refrigerator, septic tank pump and sump pump in the case when power is lost. An automatic sump pump should help keep water leakage normal amounts of rainfall from building up in the basement. Your automatic emergency generator will assure that all your important electrical circuits have power for heat, sump pumps and refrigerators.


If it only protects you from wind damages, not flood damage, contact your insurance agent or FEMA for advice on how to add flood insurance. Blocked gutters will cause all roof water to dump directly against your foundation, greatly increasing the chances of basement flooding.
Automatic sump pump act like a huge floor drain and keep water leakage and normal amounts of rain fall from building up in the basement.
A backup battery-operated sump pump system configured with a switch device to begin working if the main sump pump goes out, greatly reduces the chances of flooding. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) provides a list of local home insurance agents that provide flood insurance. That path often leads right to the exterior walls of your basement, where it can saturate the ground and eventually make its way inside. Fortunately, there are numerous things you can do to determine what kind of steps you should be taking to prevent basement flooding, and many of them require little effort and, in some cases, no money. It’s possible that your land slopes toward the foundation of your house, causing water to flow downwards and settle against the weeping tile of your basement. This will only cause the roof water to further saturate the ground and cause flooding in your basement.
Without emergency backup power, you may return home to unnecessary basement flooding, frozen water pipes and a flooded septic tank.
If you live in an area that is prone to historic flooding, plan ahead of time where you'll be able to stay until flood waters subside. Some will work for a few hours but some state-of-the-art battery backup sump pump systems will have enough power to keep a basement from flooding under most circumstances. Over time, this can cause your foundation drainage system to become overwhelmed, resulting in flooding. A backup sump pump system, preferably with at least a battery-operated pump, configured with a switch device to begin working if the main is out of commission, greatly reduces the chance of flood. As local hotels are usually inundated during flooding events, try to arrange ahead of time with some local family members away from the flooding area to have temporary housing if ever needed. Since standby generators are also used to keep your beer cold and your TV tuned into the big game keeping your family safe and warm during a disaster you might want to add the protection of a battery backup with the sole purpose of keeping your basement dry.



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