Let’s say that you just spent weeks remodeling your basement and turning it into a phenomenal space that you love to use. You couldn’t imagine ever having to live without this extra space now that you’re fully settled in. Then you talk to your neighbor and find out that their basement flooded, and you made some of the same mistakes they did.
Oh no! While you feel bad for your neighbor, we can guarantee that you are more focused on your brand-new basement and how much work you would need to do to repair all the damage. Thankfully, there are a few things that you can do to prevent this scenario in your own home.
Here are 3 tips that will prevent water in your basement:
- Inspect and Repair Any Foundation Cracks: Hopefully, you inspected and repaired any cracks in your foundation before you began the remodeling process in your basement. If you didn’t, we urge you to check the areas of foundation that you can still get to, so you can stop water damage before it starts.
- Maintain Your Sump Pump: A sump pump is something that most people install in their basement and then never think about ever again. We are sure that you installed a sump pump during your basement renovations, but if you didn’t it is not too late. Once you have a sump pump in your basement, it is an excellent idea to check it on a regular basis to ensure that it is working properly. After all, a non-working sump pump is not going to do you any good when water starts rising in your basement.
- Install a Backup Sump Pump: We know, we know…. you just spent all this money on your basement and we are telling you to spend even more. However, think of all the money you will be saving when your backup sump pump kicks in when your original one dies as your basement is filling with water. We really think that being prepared in situations like this is better than being unprepared. Plus, a backup sump pump will help pump the water out of your basement even faster, as both your pumps will be running at the same time. That can minimize the damage that occurs even more.
No one wants to walk down into the basement to find it flooded, especially when you have taken the time to renovate the space to create something completely unique to your family’s needs. We urge you to take these precautions, because they will save you a lot of time and money in the future.