Timely Tips to Avoid Costly Basement Flooding
Basement flooding can be a nightmare, especially in an older house. Here are some best-practices tips to avoid wet, damp, and flooded basements and the repair costs that go along with it.
Keep Your Gutters, Evestroughs, and Downspouts Clean & Well Maintained
By installing gutters and downspouts and keeping them free of clogs and debris, you can go a long way towards keeping the foundation of your home dry and secure. Properly installed gutters, eves troughs and downspouts will direct the flow of rainwater away from the foundation of your house and keep it from collecting against the exterior foundation of your house. This is especially important in older houses since the foundation may be susceptible to seepage and the corrosive effects of water of a period of decades.
While cleaning your gutters and maintaining your downspouts can be troublesome, the repair expenses you might otherwise encounter are well worth the little time it takes to make sure your gutter system is flowing properly.
Inspect and Repair Foundation Cracks
Cracks in the foundation of your home can be a disaster waiting to happen. To prevent water damage from basement flooding, regularly inspect your home’s exterior foundation and interior basement walls. If you find cracks and detect moisture coming through your foundation, use a good epoxy sealer, or call a professional contractor to evaluate your situation and recommend necessary repairs before more damage occurs.
Make Sure Your Sump Pump is Working Properly
A broken sump pump is probably the most frequent cause of basement flooding. If you have a sump pump already, you’ve got an excellent tool to fight water damage, mold and basement flooding. However it needs to be properly maintained to be effective. Periodically check your sump pump to make sure it still is in good working condition. Keep in mind that if your basement floods as a result of a broken pump, your homeowner’s insurance may not cover the cost of water damage repairs, especially if it is caused by improper roof maintenance.
Know What Your Homeowners Insurance Covers and What it Doesn’t Cover
Does your homeowner’s insurance cover water damage? What kind of water damage? Does it cover basement flooding? What are it’s exclusions? As the old saying goes, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Now might be an excellent time to review your homeowners insurance with your insurance broker and make sure your coverage is what it should be.
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