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10/17/2017
A flooded basement can bring a slew of problems into your home, like mold growth and water damage. Learn how to prevent this situation with help from Walker & Frick Construction Co. in Richmond, VA.

How to Prevent a Flooded Basement

Mold development, a damaged foundation, sinking floors, and rodent issues are just some of the dangers that Ace Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning associates with having a flooded basement. As you can see, the consequences of a flooded basement can be dire, so if you'd like to prevent that from happening in your home, you should follow the tips below.

Has the basement in your home already flooded? Call Walker & Frick Construction Co. at 804 282 1281 to get a free estimate on their professional property restoration services in Richmond, VA.

Keep Your Gutters and Downspouts Unobstructed

The main job your gutters and downspouts have to perform is guide water away from your home in order to prevent water damage, mold development, and other related issues. However, that can be hard for them to achieve if they're blocked with debris, dead leaves, dirt and other gunk. To guarantee your home won't suffer because of them, keep your gutters and downspouts clean and unobstructed (especially now that fall is here).

Inspect and Repair Your Home's Foundation

As you can imagine, a cracked foundation won't be very effective in keeping water out of your basement and your whole house. For that reason, it is imperative that you hire a professional to check your home's foundation at least once a year. This way, they'll be able to detect any issues with it, and repair them before they put your house, belongings, and well-being in peril.

Pay Attention to Your Windows

Do you have windows in your basement? If you do, then you should also pay attention to them, since they can also be an entry point for water. Inspect them meticulously for cracks, worn out weather strips, rotted wood frames, gaps, and other similar problems. If you find them, be sure to tend to them as soon as possible to keep water from leaking in through them and causing a disaster.

Check Your Plumbing and Sewer System

Rain isn't the only way water could flood your basement. On the contrary, a backed up sewer or a leaky pipe can also cause your home to fill up with liquids (and more). To prevent this disgusting situation, have a licensed plumber take a look at your plumbing and sewer systems. Also, be responsible with how you use your toilets and drains (e.g. don't drop large amounts of paper in them).

Remember that you can count on Walker & Frick Construction Co. to provide the water damage repair and mold remediation your home needs. Call 804 282 1281 to get a free estimate on property restoration in Richmond, VA.

Consider Installing a Sump Pump

If your basement has been known to get flooded in the past, you should consider installing a sump pump. It can be quite an investment, but it can save you a lot of headaches if you have this issue. If you already have one, remember to get it checked by a professional every so often to verity that it's in perfect working condition. Repair or replace it if it's not.

Ensure the Grading Slopes Away

The grading is the level of the ground around your house. If said grading slopes toward your house, it could mean bad news, since all of the water will be directed to it in the event of rain, or other similar occurrence. What you want is to have a positive grading, in which the ground slopes away from your house, so that the water doesn't get stuck and cause damage to it.

Have Plants Around Your House

Having plants around the perimeter of your house can also help you avoid a flooded basement. This is because they will absorb some of the moisture that gets to that area, ensuring it won't get to wreak havoc on your property. Moreover, plants can give your home a warmer and prettier look and feel, which is something most people want.

Get Your Home Flood Insurance

Lastly, and even though this isn't a tip to prevent a flooded basement per se, it's still important that you keep your home protected with flood insurance. Doing so would alleviate some of the economic burden of having this disaster happen in your home.

Call Walker & Frick Construction Co. at 804 282 1281 if your home requires experienced help and property restoration in Richmond, VA.