Prevent Basement Flooding


Did you know that not all basement flooding is caused by outside sources? While wet weather and improper grading can cause basement flooding, what you do in your home is just as important as what happens outside. There are some steps you can take to reduce the causes of basement flooding.

Ensure that your plumbing and drainage systems are in good working condition. Homeowners are responsible for the plumbing from the property line to inside the home. Regularly check the pipes in your basement for moisture and leaks. If you notice any problems, contact a licensed repair person immediately to tend to the problems.

Part of reducing the risk of basement floods is to understand how your plumbing and foundation drainage systems work and how to maintain them. Every home is different and homes over time have been built with different building practices and building codes. Some of what you should know about your home, includes:

  • Know the location and condition of your sewer lateral (the pipe that connects the plumbing in your home to the main line on the street). This information will be useful in solving problems.
  • Find out if you have a storm sewer lateral (pipe) and if so the location and condition of it.
  • Find out if you have a backwater valve or sump pump, and if so, how to maintain them. Understand what is needed to keep a sump pump operational during power outages.
  • Find out if you have weeping tiles and if so, their condition and where they are connected. (A weeping tile is a perforated pipe that runs around the perimeter of your foundation to intercept groundwater. The weeping tile gives the groundwater a place to go. Where it goes depends on the type of foundation drainage system your home has.) If there is any damage or wear to the weeping tiles this will have to be fixed as soon as possible.

To understand some of these elements of your home, you may want to hire a licensed plumber who can conduct specialized testing or inspection, often through video camera inspection.

  • Once you understand your plumbing and drainage systems, you also have to maintain them. 
  • Fix cracks, blockages or other condition problems.

You can avoiding creating clogs by refraining from using your toilets as a trash can. You don't want to flush your garbage down the toilet as they can block the sanitary pipe. You also want to refrain from pouring any fats, oils, and grease down the drain as this may cause a clog in your drain.

Hire a City-licensed and qualified plumber to install a backwater valve and a properly-sized sump pump and piping. Ensure the proper and regular maintenance of basement flooding devices in your home. Sump pumps need power to operate, so consider installing a back-up power source.

Seal cracks or openings in walls, floors, windows and foundations, and seal all window wells.

Following these tips will help you ensure a dry basement and avoid the problems that come with basement flooding. If you want the best help available for basement flooding prevention then contact Taylor's Plumbing today!