We have all seen and heard nightmare stories of homes where water has entered the basement. This is something homeowners and renters want to avoid at all costs. Rain is inevitable and preventing a flooded basement is possible. There are several water management choices that can help keep your basement dry.
1. Add a downspout
Sometimes a gutter that sits off the ground is not enough to keep water from pooling around your home’s foundation. You can buy an extending downspout to direct the water further away from your home. But keep in mind where this downspout is directed.
If you have border bushes, flowers or grass, in the way of the gutter, this will cause the flora to act as a dam and retain the water. So, placement is everything. You don’t want the water to end up pooling and thus pushing against the foundation of your home and finding its way into the basement.
2. Add fill dirt
If you’ve noticed the ground giving way after some years, take the time to remove the mulch and plants/trees around your home and add more fill dirt. Adding fill dirt that slopes away from your house is important. To prevent water from pooling around the foundation of your home, be sure the ground slopes away at least 6 inches over a 10 foot distance.
3. Add a French drain
A French drain is a trench filled with gravel or rock and sometimes a perforated pipe that redirects surface water away from your home. It provides an easy channel for water to flow through. Here’s how it works: water runs into the gravel-filled trench and then into the perforated pipe at its bottom. Water will travel freely through the pipe and then empty it safely away from the foundation of your home.
4. Keep your gutters clean
Clogged rain gutters prevent water from not draining properly and eventually cause problems with the foundation of your house. You can prevent having gutters that are full of fall leaves and other debris. Just designate a time of year to clean them. Be consistent. Assign a date, or range of dates. For example, specify the first two weeks of November on your calendar. If you keep the rain gutters clear, water can flow through properly.