7 WAYS TO HELP PREVENT BASEMENT FLOODING

7 WAYS TO HELP PREVENT BASEMENT FLOODING

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If your basement has ever flooded, or experienced any type of water damage, you know just how stressful it can be.

We have seen many different situations that have led to a wet and/or flooded basement. Most of the time you think of water damage to a home or basement coming from the outside, such as a leak in the foundation, water seeping in through a door or window frame, or rain water finding a way in. Appliances can cause water damage as well, such as water lines going into washing machines, dishwashers, furnaces and more. All of these machines, if not maintained, can cause catastrophe. These simple steps can help save your basement from water damage: 

#1: Clean & Maintain Gutters & Downspouts

Making sure your gutters and downspouts and clean and working correctly will keep water away from your home and foundation. All downspouts should be directed away from the foundation, allowing water to flow away from you home rather than pooling up against your foundation. Try to have downspouts direct water at least 3 feet away from your home. 

#2: Properly Landscape Your Yard

Landscaping can be beautiful as well as beneficial to your homes water control. If your landscaping dips or sloped down to your house, water could pool at the house and find ways to creep in. Always make sure that your landscaping slopes away from your home so any extra water will run away from the house rather than towards.

#3: Inspect & Repair Foundation Cracks

Cracks in your home’s foundation are a very clear and easy indication that water may be getting in. Regularly inspect the foundation and fill any cracks. If you find leaking continues after you sealed a crack or if you find a very large crack, you will want to bring in a professional.

#4: Practice Proper Sump Pump Maintenance

If you know a huge storm is headed your way, check to make sure your sump pump is working properly and plugged in. Keep in mind, if your basement floods as a result of a broken sump pump, your homeowner’s insurance may not cover the damage.

#5: Inspect Sewers & Clean Septic Systems

Sewer lines are one of those items we fail to think about until something really bad happens. Add a sewer inspection or septic tank cleaning to your calendar to have it checked. Without proper maintenance, you are bound to end up with clogs, backups and overflows at some point. Not only will this create a mess, but you will have to perform much repairing. 

#6: Install Window Well Covers

Homes with below-grade basement windows should always be protected with window well covers. Window well covers work fantastically by keeping water away from the window and when installed properly, they can help with waterproofing and keeping critters out of the house also. 

#7: Get Familiar with Your Insurance

Do you have flood insurance? Additional coverage for sewer backups? If you don’t know the answer to either of these questions, we highly suggest taking a few moments to review the details of your home’s insurance policy and reach out to your agent with any questions. Remember: Flood insurance is very different from water damage insurance and familiarizing yourself with the differences is critical to ensure all preventative measures are taken. 

See What Our Clients Say

Mark S.

"We were very happy with the work performed by MacFawn. The project manager was a huge help in the beginning, giving us information and assessing the issue. Then, the technician who performed the actual work was really friendly, courteous, and knowledgeable. I could tell he actually cared about making sure this was all done the right way."

Weston Alexandar

"I called MacFawn last week when my basement flooded and they responded promptly; materials in hand and ready to work. They gave me a more than fair estimate of what the work would cost before they started and were in and out. They completely dried out my basement in a matter of a day or so and gave me sound advice on preventing mold growth and what to look for in the future to bypass anymore damage. I would highly recommend these folks. "

Allison Murphy

"These guys are by far the BEST in the area. I called them when I discovered my basement was full of water and they were at my house in Slingerlands in 35 minutes FLAT. Professional, courteous, knew what to do and did it quickly. After my basement was dried there were no visible signs of mold growth. They did an excellent job. I don't think I've ever had a service call show up that quickly. I would highly recommend."

Mary Becker

"My house had a great deal of damage from a storm in the capital region last year and I had NO CLUE who to call. MacFawn Fire and Flood also works with emergency storm damage apparently. A friend recommended them and once they were on the scene, everything fell into place. The owner has liaised communication with my insurance company on more than one occasion and gave me the tools I needed to stay afloat while we are out of the house during the restoration process. They were done in about 2 weeks for a job that I was initially told would take up to three months. Staff on the field are wonderful and the administrative support was second to none. I don't know what we would have done if we hadn't called these guys. There was a lot of damage that led my family into a state of panic and chaos. They helped get us out of a roach motel our insurance company placed us in and into an apartment that our insurance company paid for in full. Our lives went from being in panic to being on a stay cation while they worked on our home. I can't thank them enough for all of their support and assistance. Great crew!"

Mel Paroff

"This firm was fantastic. Their response and the quality of their work was phenomenal. I highly recommend them for any emergency service work. "

Eric Bamberg

"Literally life saving. After our home was infiltrated with toxic silica dust from a nearby construction project, MacFawn saved us. We discovered the mess after 7pm on a Friday. That night they reached out to cleaners, we had an on site quote Saturday and by sundown Sunday, our home was both clean and safe. Within a week the entire inside and outside were spotless after a window cleaning specialist came a few days after the interior clean up. The crews inside our home were kind, professional and did an excellent job!"