How to Prevent Basement Flooding
Ottawa just experienced some springtime flooding which left many basements soggy and in need of thousands of dollars of repairs. It’s a situation no one wants to find themselves in, and we want to make sure that you have some protection in the future.
While we can’t always best Mother Nature, we offer the best preventative technology and solutions to the problem. These tools and tips can help protect your home from flooding and minimize the amount of damage one bad rainstorm could do.
Chances are that as a homeowner you have heard someone with a basement talk about sump pumps. Besides being a catchy name, sump pumps are a valuable tool to protect your home from flooding.
Sump pumps are small pumps installed in the basement, and their job is to pump any excess groundwater away from the house to prevent basement flooding.
Remember: Sump pumps run on electricity. We recommend having a battery powered backup. That way if your power goes out, your backup will kick in and keep up your flood protection.
A sump pump’s main purpose is to prevent rising groundwater levels from dampening your downstairs space. Groundwater levels will rise for a number of reasons, including an increase in rain or a rising river level. If you live in a place that is low-lying, has a lot of permeable soil, or has an older storm system like in many cities, a sump pump would be a good investment. We can answer your sump pump questions and concerns, and help you decide whether a sump pump is right for you.
If your home experiences a sewer backup, you could be looking at some expensive repair bills. Backwater valves are an affordable, easy way to avoid your basement flooding with things you’d rather not think about.
A backwater valve is different from a sump pump because it prevents sewer backups, not groundwater floods. Yet it is still a remarkably effective flood prevention tool. A backwater valve will regulate a one way flow from your house to the sewer. As soon as it detects any backflow, it will close off and block anything from making an unwanted return.
Remember: A backwater valve will only protect your home from an outside sewer back-up. It won’t protect from blockages inside the home. We have answers to even more backwater valve questions.
Backwater valves provide a lot of benefits to homeowners, especially when it comes to flood prevention in a city dwelling. Until a clog is detected, your neighbours will carry on with business as usual, meaning you may not discover a sewer back up until it is too late. Backwater valves do the detecting for you, sparing your basement and your wallet.
In fact, they are so effective, the City of Ottawa passed a by-law stating that backwater valves be installed in all new homes, and even provide rebates for retrofits. We offer City of Ottawa approved valves and installations.
Regularly Clean Your Drains
Not only is this a good tip to protect your home from flooding, it is also a good habit to get into. Your drains could be the difference between a dry home and a soggy floor, especially if they are clogged or on their way to being clogged.
Depending on the severity of a drain clog, you’ll want to call in the professionals. We can establish where the problem is and take care of it safely before it becomes a bigger, messier problem.
There are some things you can do to help prevent and fix drain clogs.
- Avoid dumping oils down the drain. It may be easy, but it isn’t healthy for your pipes.
- Use a basket trap in your shower. This will catch all lengths of hair and help prevent residue buildup, keeping your drains clear.
- Use an environmentally and water safe drain cleaner. We are big fans of Biosmart. It isn’t an instant fix for those big bad clogs, but it will help with slow draining and small clogs. It will also serve as a great preventative measure that, if used on a monthly basis, will help keep your drains clear. If you have a more serious clog that needs some extra work, try using a drain snake.
Think About Insurance Coverage
Unfortunately we don’t have foolproof solutions to your basement flooding woes, only tools to help. In case the worst does happen, you will want to be covered. If you live in a flood zone or are worried about impending weather, check with your insurance provider about flood coverage.
Get Us to Check Out Your Plumbing
If you are unsure of what your system can handle when it comes to preventing basement flooding, or have some issues that are starting to crop up while you do the dishes, let us check your plumbing system. We can cover anything from leaky faucets to toilet repairs, and we are so confident in our work, we offer satisfaction guaranteed. Call us anytime at 613-604-0078.