A flooded basement can be a costly disaster, especially when the basement is finished, or used for storage. There are several factors that can cause a flooded basement, such as a broken pipe, ground water close to the ground surface, heavy rains, faulty or clogged gutters, a poor slope around the foundation and other causes. A Benjamin Franklin Plumbing plumber in Fort Worth can provide a solution with sump pump installation. The following tips are essential for preventing basement flooding:
Check the Gutters and Divert Rainwater
Clogged gutters can cause rain to back up under your roof, and/or to overflow allowing water to enter the foundation of your home, resulting in a flooded basement. In addition, use diverters on the gutters to carry rainwater away from the foundation.
Maintain the Ground Slope
Routinely inspect the lawn slope around your home. If the lawn slopes towards your home’s foundation restore the slope, which diverts rainwater away. Heavy rain can erode the slope over time, resulting in water entering the basement or crawlspace. The slope should drain rain away from the foundation.
Install a Sump Pump
Once you have ensured the gutters and downspouts, and foundation slope is taken care of, contact a Benjamin Franklin plumber in Fort Worth for sump pump installation. The sump pump will pump accumulating water out of the basement. A Ben Franklin professional plumber in Fort Worth has the expertise to determine the specifics, ensuring you receive the sump pump required to handle the task.
Backup Battery Sump Pump
When thunderstorms occur and heavy rain is falling, having a backup generator to power your primary sump pump will prevent flooding in the event power fails. An additional alternative is a battery backup sump pump, which will automatically start pumping water when the level rises either beyond what the primary pump can handle, or when a power outage prevents the electric primary pump from operating. Consider it extra insurance against a flooded basement.
The consequences of a basement flood can be devastating to your home and household and include:
- Mold and mildew may occur quickly, causing damage to your home and potential illness in your family. Clearing water from a flood and drying the basement is essential in preventing it. A sump pump prevents the flooding in the first place, contact a Ben Franklin plumber in Fort Worth for installation.
- Even when the water doesn’t reach the floor joists, high humidity inside the home’s basement and living areas may still occur placing your home at risk .
- Stored goods and furnishings require meticulous cleaning and drying after a flood. Even the appliances in your basement will require professional care to ensure their safety after a flood has occurred. Flood alarms are a great investment even when you have a sump pump. That way, if a problem occurs and the pump fails, you are alerted when flooding begins.
- Never enter flood water, electric shock is a big risk potential. If shutting off the power due to a flood means going into the water, don’t do it. Shut off the power main outdoors in the electrical panel located at the power meter. In addition, if a gas furnace or water heater is located in the flooded basement, you should shut off the gas or contact your supplier to shut it off.
Prevent Future Flooding
A sump pump when properly sized and installed can prevent flooding. If your basement or crawlspace has flooded contact a Benjamin Franklin Plumbing plumber in Fort Worth for help preventing basement flooding with sump pump installation. Our licensed, professional plumbers can provide a resolution of your plumbing problem with your satisfaction guaranteed. You can rely on a Ben Franklin plumber in Fort Worth for all plumbing repair, installations and maintenance. Our plumbers offer expertise that meets and/or exceeds the industry standards. We serve Fort Worth, Arlington and the surrounding areas. Ben Franklin is a member of the BBB with an A+ rating.