During periods of heavy showers means that there comes an increased risk of flooding but does your basement flood every time it rains? we answer this question as well tips on how to stop it from happening as well.
How Do I Stop My Basement From Flooding During Heavy Rain?
A waterproofing system is built with flooding in mind, if you have a dual pump system, this reduces the risk of flooding by significantly more than a normal pump system, because the secondary pump is in place, continuing to pump even if the first pump fails to operate.
It is important that the system can still work even during a power cut (these can be common during severe weather and alongside heavy rainfall) this then ensures the sump pumps are supplied with power, allowing them to operate for a period of time during a power cut.
As a further precaution, most pump systems come with an alarm as standard, failing to keep up with your service plan could result in the alarm failing and not detecting high levels of water.
What Should I Do If My Basement Floods?
Firsts things first, it’s important to sanitise all areas in the property that are affected and strip out all damaged timber from the property. With the potential health hazards, floodwater can bring, it’s important to cover exposed areas of skin and keep children and pets clear from flooded areas.
By removing any flood-damaged timber this then reduces the potential risk of a fungal decay outbreak. If the water levels are above 4 feet deep or if mould is starting to develop then it would be best to contact a specialist.
It is also a good idea to contact a fully qualified engineer if you have already taken measures to waterproof your basement and it is still flooding.
There could be a possible fault in the waterproofing system which needs to be fixed.
If you’re unsure of how to carry out flood remediation it’s always vital to speak to specialist property care specialists, such as a nationwide company called Timberwise.
If you would like to know if your area is at particular risk of flooding, then have a look at the Met Office website for more information.
Did you know?
During a flood, water levels and the rate at which the water is flowing can quickly change. It only takes 6 inches of floodwater to knock you off your feet.
How Do I Prevent My Basement From Flooding Again?
If you have spent the time, money and effort in transforming your basement into further living space or valuable storage space for your treasured belongings it’s important to ensure the continued maintenance of your installed waterproofing system to keep the basement dry.
Although your system may require a little extra maintenance occasionally, the benefits last long term. You can find out more on our “how to prevent basement flooding?” blog.
Why It Is Important To Maintain Your Sump Pump?
It is important to regularly carry out maintenance of the sump pump as failure to do so can result in not only the pump but the whole system failing.
The consequences of failure are often major upheaval as it can lead to your basement flooding, personal belongings completely ruined and leaving your basement guarantee null and void.
Is Your Basement Ready To Handle The Heavy Rain?
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