Winter is almost upon us, and while we may not associate winter with flooding, the fluctuating temperatures that typically occur at the beginning of winter pose a great risk for basement flooding. After a heavy snowfall in early winter, the temperature can often rise above zero degrees, causing a massive snow melt, which creates a potentially disastrous situation in terms of basement flooding. Factor in that a lack of flourishing vegetation is present at this time of year, and you have a very high risk scenario for basement flooding. Luckily, there are ways to mitigate risk before a potential flood event occurs. Here are some useful tips to help defend your home against the costs and stress of basement flooding.
First, make sure that your home has an adequate drainage system. This goes from the roof down. Make sure your eavestroughs are clean of debris so that water can flow through without any major blockages. Make sure your eavestroughs are draining downhill away from your home, and specifically, your foundation. One useful addition to your rooftop drainage system is a rain barrel. These relatively inexpensive large plastic drums can hold upwards of 200 litres of water, and they can provide a cost-saving measure during warmer months. If you want to water your garden or lawn, simply gather the water from your rain barrel instead of turning on your hose. An environmentally friendly cost-saving measure that also prevents basement flooding? That’s a win-win.
The Ancient Egyptians used containers of water as ancient levels when they were building the pyramids, because they knew that water always flowed downhill if the gradient was available. The same philosophy should be applied to your landscaping. Make your house the highest point of your yard and let the natural properties of water and gravity do the drainage work for you. Ensure your property is landscaped with even a slight downwards gradient in order to direct water, whether it comes from rain or melting snow, away from your foundation.
Now that we’ve covered eavestrough and property gradient, let’s talk about aesthetics, specifically, the green space on your property. In addition to raising the value of your home by thousands of dollars, a single tree can work wonders when it comes to preventing basement flooding. The addition of a few trees, shrubs, and other vegetation to your property can help to reduce the amount of water that permeates the soil around your foundation and lower the risk of basement flooding. Plus, the addition of vegetation and green space development will add value to your property in both dollars and aesthetics.
Basement flooding is one of costliest repairs a homeowner can go through. Insurance companies process millions if not billions of dollars worth of basement flooding claims every year, and basement flooding is responsible for incredible amounts of lost property. There are many ways to reduce the risk of basement flooding, but the 3 methods covered above are the least expensive and often the most effective methods of basement flooding reduction. If you do encounter basement flooding, contact Sanitec Solutions to schedule a professional clean-up of your basement. Sanitec Solutions will save you time and money, and reduce the damage to your home.