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It’s flooding season and that means if you have a basement you’re at greater risk of watching water seep into it should the Twin Cities see heavy rain fall. We’ll handle a lot of basement flooding cleanup jobs this spring, but the reality is you don’t need to be one of them if you follow these simple steps!
It’s not as difficult as you might think to keep water out of your basement!
70% of basement floods can be prevented at virtually no cost to you. Compare that with the cost to cleanup basement water damage and you really are rolling the dice if you decide not to roll up your sleeves and put in the sweat equity to stop your basement from flooding. Given the fact most water damage companies can’t bill your insurer for a flooded basement, you should do everything possible to keep water out of your basement, especially if it is finished!
So here are some things you can do before the spring rains hit our area:
Keep water away from your foundation by maintaining your gutters and making sure your lawn slopes towards the street.
It’s such a simple fix, but something so few people actually do. So many homes have gutters in complete disrepair, and even the slightest amount of rain hitting their roof can overwhelm them. For some, they’re simply full of leaves and other debris and need to be cleaned. For others, they’ve come off the rafters and needed to be refastened or there are other repairs that need to be made. Either way, invest the time and resources to make sure your gutters are working. Also, make sure you have downspouts fastened to your gutters and that they are disposing of the water at least 4-5 feet away from your foundation.
None of the above matters if once the water hits the ground it streams back towards your basement foundation walls. This happens because lawns are sloped the wrong way. Water should flow away from the house and towards the street, so if it’s not, move dirt around such that it does!
Test, maintain, and reinforce your sump pump.
This is an unfortunate situation, but it happens. A homeowner does the right thing and spends the money to have a sump pump installed in their basement. But when they need it the most, it fails them. Many things can go wrong, so it’s imperative that before each spring you test yours to make sure it’s working properly and will be up to the task when called into action.
Sump pumps don’t have the longest life spans, so if yours is 10 years or older, it might not have much if any life left in it. Also, if you don’t have a power source such as a backup generator, your electricity could go out in a big storm and the batteries for your sump pump may run out of juice and resulted in a flooded basement in St Paul.
If you find yourself in the unfortunate position of needing emergency water restoration services due to a basement flood from heavy rains, we hope that you’ll call us and give us a chance to help you recover quickly and affordably!