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How to Protect Your Basement From Flooding

On keeping your basement safe

Hey there plumbers and sub pump connoisseurs alike, and welcome back to the Fura International Blog. In the past few posts, we discussed what a water submersible pump is and how it works as well as some stories regarding Hurricane Harvey. Our business and home water pump company has experience in our business, which means we have a pretty good knowledge base on basement flooding. Today, we thought we’d start a two-part blog where we discuss how to protect your basement from flooding and then what to do in the event that your basement does flood. A basement full of floodwaters is not only an inconvenience, but it’s also quite dangerous.

Why Should I Be Concerned About Basement Flooding?

If you have a basement, then chances are, regardless of where you live, it’s at risk of flooding. During a storm, heavy rainfall, or if a large amount of snow melts in a short period of time, the excess water around your home could seep into your basement. Excess water can cause mold and water damage, which is especially problematic given that your basement is already going to be much more humid than the rest of your home. Additionally, in the event of a major flood, the flood waters that seep into your home is unsafe and is likely loaded with pathogens. All in all, basement flooding is more than just an inconvenience, it’s unsafe.

How Do I Protect Against Basement Flooding?

There are a few things that people can do to protect their basement from flooding, though some are more complicated than others. It’s best to understand that flooding is most common in basements because of, well, gravity. Since your basement is below ground level, the water from the surface travels downward. If your home doesn’t have a few levels of protection, it’s likely at a higher risk.

First, when most homes are built, the construction company will survey the land to make sure that the home isn’t built at a tilted angle. If the home is slanted at all, then it’s going to be at an especially high risk for flooding. If you’re planning on purchasing a new home or having one built, it’s important to check for leveling. A contractor can easily do this for you.

The second is to make sure that the cement and foundation isn’t cracked and that the pipes and drains are working properly. Cracks in the foundation surrounding your basement are a surefire way to experience some level of leakage. In the event of heavy rain, the leaks could be quite severe and the water can damage the already cracked cement even more. It’s going to be much easier and cost effective to have the cracks fixed before this. Additionally, if the pipes underneath the foundation are cracked or broken, your basement is also going to be vulnerable. Having your basement checked for these issues on a regular basis is going to keep it protected.

The third has to do with your home water pump, or sump pump. This mechanism, which Fura International sells, sits underneath your home and is your best line of defense against flooding. The home water pump turns on when it detects moisture and works to drain the water surrounding the home before it has a chance to seep into your basement. Most working sump pumps will effectively protect your home from basement flooding as long as it is working and up to date. If you’re in need of a new one, be sure to check out our catalog.

How Do I Make My Basement Safe In the Event of a Water?  

Unfortunately, even if you take all of the precautions for keeping your basement safe, nature still could find a way to make it into your home. Therefore, it’s important to always plan for the worst. If your basement is used for entertaining, we recommend that you choose the furniture, flooring, and upholstery with caution. We recommend against choosing furniture that’s made of pure wood as it’s the most likely to be damaged by moisture. Additionally, be cautious with electronics, as if there is a flood, there is no repairing most electronics unfortunately. Basically, it’s best to just always have a cautious eye open.

We also recommend having your electrical outlets checked. Most basements require GFCI protected plugs that work to protect against electrical fires. Additionally, while a dehumidifier won’t necessarily protect your basement from flooding, it could help with excess moisture in the air.

Basement flooding is not something that anybody wants to experience and it could cause problems for years to come. Taking the proper precautions, such as regular inspections, can go a long ways in keeping your basement safe and dry for years to come. Please be sure to check out Fura International’s collection of some of the best submersible pumps for keeping basements dry.