I Never Worry About My Basement Flooding

I Never Worry About My Basement Flooding


 

Just a few weeks ago, I was scrolling through social  media and saw a video of a man going down to his basement to find that it was flooded with water - waist deep. It made me wonder, why people put themselves in such a position where their basement could flood at any time. Here’s why I never have that worry - and a few things you should know about flooding basements.


How To Stop Basements Flooding

The only solution (other than preventing water from getting into your basement) to avoid flooded basements is to make sure that any collected water gets pumped out. I have a higher-end pump installed in my basement, but a normal Home Depot sewage pump will do. This pump is meant to pump liquid sewage out of your basement (which is usually lower than the sewage line), and into the appropriate channel away from your house.


Another thing you must do is prevent your sewage line from getting clogged up. That means making sure no inappropriate waste is running through those pipes - this is particularly a problem in older houses that are not fitted with pipes large enough to handle too much solid waste in the sewage system, such as toilet paper. This is why many people living in older houses prefer not to flush toilet paper, and instead throw it in a bin. 


Why Do Basements Tend To Flood

As I’ve previously mentioned, your basement is likely below your sewage line. This means that if your sewage line is blocked for any reason, water will collect in your basement first. Additionally, there are many other ways that basements can get flooded, such as during heavy rainfall. If you have windows in your basement, then you should always make sure that they are properly sealed because they are low enough to allow water into your home when it rains heavily. 


Window wells are also well-known for causing basement floods. While they are useful for letting in sunlight and preventing damp in your basement, rainfall can easily collect in your basement window wells, and if they aren’t sealed properly then you can expect all that water to seep into your basement. Last but not least, rainwater barrels often overflow into the foundations and basement of your home if you don’t have an appropriate diverting system installed. 


What Damages Can You Expect From A Flooded Basement

As you’d expect, water damage is the main problem you would need to account for when your basement is flooded. Not only will water get into any electrical appliances in the basement, but it can also cause rotting in the foundations of your house and the walls of your basement. Repairing the damages from water flooding in your basement is extremely costly, and ignoring water damage only makes the problem worse. If the walls or foundation develop rot, the entire house may collapse, so preventing flooding in your basement is crucial to protecting your property from serious damages. The cost of installing a sewage pump and ensuring your windows are properly sealed is negligible when compared to the cost of water damage.

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