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Dealing with flood damage in the basement

Dealing with flood itself is obviously not a game for starters. It’s depressing, troubling, complicated, and disastrous. Even if tackling a flood is hard, do you know what’s more perplexing and confounding? Dealing with the flood damage caused in the basement.

The basement is the trickiest part of the house without a doubt. Even without flood damage, its maintenance is strenuous and people tend to run from the responsibility.

Coming to the point, if you don’t know how to deal with your basement in flood, here are the focal points you must know:

Gutter Overflow

Clogged and occluded gutters can be a serious problem when it comes to basements. As the only way of water drainage from basements is the gutter, having an overflow will worsen everything.

Usually, when a flood comes, the house water seeps into the basement and the water then drains out into the gutter. This process faces hindrance if the gutter overflows.

The only way to solve this problem is by installing a plug into your gutter. Maintain the cleanliness of your gutter to prevent blockage and overflow.

Leaking water pipes

Water can get flooded in your basement due to the leakage of water pipes. Normally, this won’t be a major problem if you have a good drainage system but, if the leakage is coming from a sewage pipe, it will contaminate your basement with odour and bacteria.

Try to detect where the leakage is coming from and immediately call a plumber to resolve the issue. Once you have fixed your pipe, you can deal with the drainage of water.

Clogged sewage

Once your sewage becomes clogged, the water starts accumulating in your basement. This will lead to intense off-odour and contamination.

What’s the reason for sewage backup? Well, sewage water can back up into your basement if the main sewage pipes are blocked and clogged. This will prevent water drainage and after some time, the water will start rising and it will submerge your basement with the sewage water.

Call the plumber to clean or replace your sewage. You can also treat it with baking soda and vinegar.

Groundwater

When your area receives a considerably greater amount of rainfall than usual, the water table rises in the affected area. When it rises, it can rise greater than the foundation of your house thus leading to a flood in your basement.

How to avoid it? You can avoid it by installing a drain tile into the foundation of your house. This will help to steer clear of flooding.

How to mitigate flood damage?

As it is said that “Prevention is better than cure”, you must prepare yourself beforehand if your area is prone to floods or if your area receives heavy rainfalls. Here are a few things you can do to mitigate flood damage in your basement:

  • Install a Low Impact Development (LID)/Green Infrastructure (GI) in your house.
  • Prepare an evacuation plan just in case.
  • Having insurance is the best possible way to cut loose on your budget.
  • Install foundation vents.
  • Raise your electrical outlets and switches so that water may not reach there.
  • Grade your lawn away from the structure of your house.

Following these steps, you can save yourself from the trouble of a flood. Moreover, keep the contact of a professional in your wallet. You never know when a bad time strikes.