Well, we are finally starting to leave another painful Chicago winter behind us as spring begins to unfold. And with arrival of spring comes heavy rains. Even though the rain is great for your garden, it’s definitely not something you want in your basement. So today, we would like to share some tips on how to prevent basement flooding during the rainy season.
Check Your Sump Pump
First, and most important, make sure your sump pump is in good, working condition. To check your sump pump, the first thing you want to do is check your discharge line outside of your home. If you don’t see any water coming out, this may be cause for concern. Next, in your basement, open your sump pit where your pump is located. Most sump pumps have pill switches on them which can be used for testing purposes. Check to make sure there is water in the pit and lift up the switch. If nothing happens, this is probably a sign that your pump has gone bad. But just to be sure, check your breaker panel to be sure that the circuits haven’t been tripped. If all looks well, then it’s time to call a plumber, because you need a new sump pump.
Be Sure Your Sewer Line Is Clear
Another important step that should be taken is to make sure your sewer isn’t blocked. If heavy rains come, and your sewer has blockage in it, it could back up to your sump pump. Depend on the age of your sump pump and the amount of water it has to pump, it could cause the pump to burn out. This then would result in sewage backing up and flooding your basement.
There are a few simple steps you can take to check to see if there is a block in your sewer line. The first thing you can do is flush your toilet. Take note of the original water level. If the water does not refill to the original water level, it may be an indication of a block in your sewer line. You can also check the drains of your home. If water is not draining, or it is coming back up, this is an indicator of a clogged sewer pipe. Finally, if you hear gurgling sounds from other drains as water drains, or if bubbles come up, you may have a clogged sewer pipe.
Take Care Of Your Gutters
Last, make sure you are taking care of your gutters. Be sure that they are not filled with leaves from last fall and that the down spout discharges the water at least six feet from your home’s foundation. Water continually running against your foundation can cause cracks to the foundation, as well as basement flooding.
Now, we haven’t covered every tip for preventing basement flooding, but these were a few of the most important precautions that should be taken. Don’t shrug off the importance of preparing your home for the spring. If you do, it could come back to bite you in the end.