Preventing damage is always better than reacting when it's too late, especially when the water flows into your basement, flooding the room and damaging your belongings.
Once your possessions have been damaged, calling a carpet cleaner near you or a local septic repair company won't be enough! You will need the help of a water damage restoration company and it will cost you a lot more money and take some time also.
There are plenty of water management techniques but in this short article, we will focus only on three of them, the most basic and the easiest to put in place:
Check the system that you currently have in place: sump pump and pipes
These are the two most important parts of your plumbing system. Your sump pump must be in good working condition and you can even install a backup battery in case of power outage.
Regarding your pipes, keep in mind that they could freeze and burst if the weather becomes extremely cold. Check also for leaks that could result in even more water damage. You can call a waterproofing company to inspect your basement and make sure it's ready to sustain the pressure of heavy rain or melted snow.
Make sure your rain gutters are in good condition and free from debris or leaves.
Leaves in autumn can obstruct your gutters and you also want to check them for potential leaks. Install guard if you haven't done so and make sure they are watertight in order for them to divert effectively large amounts of water when it rains or when the snow starts melting.
Do some landscaping work if it is necessary
Your property should not slope toward your house, otherwise, surface water will come in its direction and potentially flood your basement if you insufficiently unprepared. Ask a professional landscaper to find a way to direct the rain or melted snow away from your residence. Also, pay attention to not piling snow in the close vicinity of your house.
There are a few other things you can do to keep your basement dry when a storm hits: using a dehumidifier, closing your doors and windows at all times, extending downspouts…etc
The area surrounding your house is particularly vulnerable in terms of water absorption. The goal is to keep the water as far as possible from your house, at least a good 10 feet away. Ideally, you want to build your house on higher ground as much as possible too.