If you have a basement, you pray that it never becomes flooded. Even an unfinished basement is difficult to handle when a flood hits. A lot of work and money goes into removing water from the area. Water can cause mold to grow and result in some expensive structural and electrical damage. To prevent these headaches, prevent the flood from occurring in the first place.
Step 1: Adjust the exterior downspouts to achieve proper clearance. Gutter downspouts should extend a minimum of six feet from basement walls. Install a plastic or cement splash block under each downspout to prevent water from seeping toward the house.
Step 2: Build up the soil around the foundation of the home to increase the yard slope, adding soil as needed. This slope should guide the water away from the house. The yard should be graded so soil slopes six feet from basement walls.
Step 3: Follow local regulations regarding cleaning sewer drain lines. When these lines are clogged, the basement is unable to drain when water seeps onto the property. If you live in an area with a homeowner association, find out whether you have the responsibility for clearing out your basement drain line that travels to the main sewer.
Step 4: Repair cracks in basement walls and address other areas in the basement that seem to be getting wet. Patch affected walls using the basement wall patch, following the label instructions.
Step 5: Know when to call in the professionals. Once water finds its way into a basement, it is likely to do so again. If the leak is consistent or large, contact a basement waterproofing company for a free estimate regarding permanent solutions. These may include an underground drain pipe system, sump pump, or French drain.