How to Keep Your Basement from Flooding

flooded basement homeWe know that you have valuable items in your home. In many instances, it would be devastating to lose any of these things or have them be damaged by flood. That is why in addition to providing basement flood cleanup in Janesville, we at LDR are committed to helping homeowners know what to do to arm their homes against the often-traumatizing effects of flooding. Here are 3 simple tips to keep your basement dry.

Keep Water away from Your Home

In order to keep water out of your basement and away from your home, make sure that downspouts are redirected at least 10 feet away from your house. Any gutters and downspouts should be kept free of leaves and debris. When water is allowed to drain from your roof onto your lawn, the natural slope of your property may send the water directly to your basement.

Keep Storm Drains Clean

The answer to keeping your basement from flooding usually starts outside your home. Make sure that you keep any storm drains around your house clear of leaves and debris. This means that even during the winter, you should be making sure that you do not have any debris from your yard blocking the storm drains. If you have a drain in your garage, clean it out regularly to keep it functioning as it should. The water that pools around your drains does not just evaporate, but it will seep into the soil and likely drain into your basement.

Keep Flooding Tools and Equipment on Hand

If you live in an area where flooding tends to be a problem, there are some things that you should have on hand as well as tools that you can use and keep on hand to make sure that flooding either doesn’t start or doesn’t get worse than it should. Sandbags and sump pumps are important things to have in case of flooding. When homes are built below the water table, which is more common than you might think, you should take extra precautions to guard against flooding.
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