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The last thing any homeowner wants to come home to is a flooded basement. Yet it’s more common than you may think, especially after a heavy rain or storm. And if you have a basement that’s prone to flooding, this can become a recurring problem that is frustrating and expensive. If you are having issues with your plumbing system, such as a burst pipe, or even if you have no flooding now but want to avoid it in the future, heed these tips on how to avoid a flooded basement in the first place.

Install a Sump Pump

If you’re prone to flooding, install a sump pump at the lowest part of your basement. Check it regularly to clear it of debris and to make sure it’s working. It should kick on automatically when it detects water buildup.

Inspect the Sewer or Septic Tank

Every spring, have your septic or sewer system inspected. Clogged sewers and heavy rainfalls can be a recipe for disaster as water and debris can back up into your home.

Install Window Covers

If you have below-grade windows in your basement, cover them. These special clear covers can be secured to the foundation so no excess water gets through. Because they are clear, you’ll still get sunlight through but no elements, critters or leaves.

Clear Gutters and Downspouts

Twice a year, in spring and fall, clear out debris such as leaves and twigs from your gutters. This will allow rain water to flow through unimpeded. At the same time, position your downspouts away from your home’s foundation.

Fill Foundation Cracks

Every so often, take a look at your foundation to check for cracks and fill them with epoxy.

Make Sure Your Lawn is Graded Correctly

If you know your yard tends to slope toward your house, basement flooding is a recurring possibility. Hire a landscaper to grade your lawn so it slopes away from the home rather than toward it.

Leave Gaps Between Mulch and Siding

If you have gardens or flower beds surrounding your home, leave a six-inch barrier between your siding and your landscaping.

If Your Basement Floods…

If you have taken all necessary precautions and your basement has still flooded due to a plumbing problem, you should contact a plumbing professional right away. They can disconnect the water and troubleshoot the issue.

You will then have to contact your insurance company and get to work drying everything. It’s best not to try any DIY options and instead leave it to a professional. If the problem is severe, contact a water damage specialist to clean and dry your basement before mold has a chance to grow.

If flooding is a frequent problem, consider a waterproofing solution for your basement, which you can discuss with your trusted plumbing technician.

Contact Tidal Plumbing & Heating

If you have experienced flooding in your basement, you need immediate help. Contact us anywhere in NYC at 718-505-9300.