We spend a lot of time ensuring our homes are free from problems. However things crop up and one of those preventable problems is flooding.
Any home with floor drains or plumbing fixtures below grade can flood. This can be due to heavy rainfall, sudden melts or spring runoff, high groundwater or sewer backups.
While you can't control the enviroment, there are some things we can do to floodproof our homes.
1. Preventive landscaping. Make sure the ground around the foundation slopes away from the house.
2. Make sure all vents lead outside the home. Weather can cause moisture issues but sometimes moisture can come from inside the house. Dryers and bathrooms create internal moisture and you must ensure they are vented outside.
3. Clean gutters and downspouts. These should be cleaned to ensure the water is effectively diverted away from the house. Clean both spring and fall and the downspout should extend at least four feet away from the house.
4. Inspect your home's foundation for cracks once a year. This is a source where water can get into the house, but it can also be a source for the development of mould. If you find any cracks, consult a foundation expert immediately.
5. Clean out basement drains. This should be done annually and if still slow after cleaning, clean more frequently.
6. When leaving the home for an extended period, turn the water valve off. This ensures that if there is a break in the line you don't have water flooding into your house.
This is a pound of prevention that can help you avoid costly repairs and unsightly damage to your home's interior.