Excepting the driest of regions, the rainy season is a fact of life in virtually every corner of the country, and as far as basements are concerned, a potentially unpleasant one. We’re talking about basement flooding, end-results of which can range from minor damp spots on the walls to full-scale flooding leading to the ruin of the carpets, damaged electrical wiring and potential long-term fungal menace. While it is ideal to prepare in advance by obtaining a risk assessment report from a professional and choosing the right type of Wayne Sump Pump, sometimes we simply don’t have the time or even if we have taken the precautions, find that they’re not enough. If you find yourself in such a dire situation, there are a few simple solutions to follow for avoiding basement flooding in the rainy season.
Clear the Roof Gutters and Ground-Level Flood Drains
One of the primary culprits as far as flooding is concerned is the blocked rooftop gutter. Rooftop gutters are narrow open pipes running along the edges of the houses that collect the water/snow falling onto the extensive surface area of the roof and channelizes it into flood drains that run into the street, or in areas with advanced municipal drainage regulations, municipal flood drains that eventually drain into nearby rivers or other water bodies.
Cleaning Flood Drains
The most common method to clean flood drains is to pump water at high speeds into the bottom and sides of the drains to clear out any debris that may be present there. If the rainy season has already set in, though, this may only lead to further flooding downstream and invite municipal action against you. The alternative is to dredge the drains using special dredgers. This task is best left to municipal or private contractors unless one has experience in the plumbing sector.
Manipulate the Slope around the House
While the best sump pumps are meant to handle adverse conditions, even they need some aid from the surrounding landscape for avoiding basement flooding in the rainy season. For instance, it is ideal if the house is located at a height and the surrounding soil slopes downwards as it moves away from the house. On the other hand, houses that are located in low areas and have the surrounding soil sloping downwards towards the house, tend to be at an elevated risk because the water tends to pool around the foundation of the house and can easily seep in, thus flooding the basement. Further, even if you have a neutral slope near your house, heavy rain can erode the soil near the foundation of your house and create a negative slope.
Other tips: –
Firstly, avoid cluttering the basement with goods such that there is less floor space available. This will cause the water to rise rapidly, leading to greater damage to the walls and also to the most delicate units located at the higher levels.
Secondly, clear out the sump regularly and ensure that the sump pump belongs to one of the top rated sump pumps companies, such that it can withstand a situation where the sump is about to overflow.