Strong summer storms can dump inches of water in an area in a matter of minutes, and for home or business owners with basements, this can create a harrowing situation. One moment it’s bright and sunny, and an hour later your basement is taking on water. When that happens, you’ll need to consider how to get all of the water out of your basement once it’s safe, which professionals you’re going to call for water damage remediation, and how you’re going to stop the growth of mold after the water has receded.
The best way to avoid this situation is through flood prevention, and there are a few things you can do to better prepare your basement for the strong rainstorms that come with the summer season. With a busy Atlantic storm season predicted for 2020, there is no better time to consider how you can protect your space from taking on water.
Flood Prevention Measures For Your Basement
Whether your basement is in your home or business establishment, flood prevention and preparation measures are important. A few of the ones you can apply to your area basement include the following:
Seal up any cracks – Cracks forming in your foundation is common, although unfortunate, occurrence. Even the smallest cracks, however, allow water to seep inside. When preparing your basement against flooding, use masonry caulk or call a professional to fill in those cracks so water has no pathway into your space.
Invest in a battery-powered sump pump – In many cases, the power goes out during strong storms, and this is just when you need power the most. If your sump pump is hooked into your home’s main water supply, you could be left taking on water as soon as the lights go out.
Instead of a sump pump hooked up to your home’s electrical system, invest in a battery-powered one, and make sure the batteries stay fresh. This ensures that your sump pump continues to function as needed even when your main power is affected.
Have your lawn graded – If your lawn is graded toward your home, it will bring all of the excess water right into your basement. Having your lawn graded away from your home will take any pooling water and send it away from your space instead.
Use coatings and sealant – Coatings and sealant can prevent your basement from being penetrated by water. They can be applied to the walls, window frames, storm doors, foundation, or anywhere else water may find its way inside.
When Water Gets In
When water gets into your basement, you’re met with a whole host of additional problems you’ll need to deal with for the safety and structural soundness of your home or place of business. Property damage, mold growth, electrical issues, and other types of damage will have to be repaired or remediated in order to restore the condition of your home. If your basement has taken on water, call us at Meridian Foundation Repair and Waterproofing today to see what we can do for you.