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4 Things You Can do to Prevent a Basement Flood

If your basement has ever suffered a flood, you know exactly how big of a deal it can be. From damaged furniture to water-soaked family treasures, flooded basements are costly, inconvenient, and just plain horrible. So if we told you there was a way to prevent floods, or at the very least minimize the amount of damage they do, wouldn’t you want to listen?

As they say, the best offense is a good defense.

1. Pay attention to your gutters and downspout.

You may not be able to control when or how much it rains, but you can control (to some degree) where that rain goes. Keeping your gutters free of debris like leaves, toys, and branches is a vital part of your homes outdoor “plumbing.” Your downspout should also extend at least 3-feet away from your home if you want to ensure that water doesn’t pool on your home’s foundation.

2. Keep an eye on your foundation.

No matter how clean or well-positioned your gutters and downspouts are, they won’t be able to keep every drop of water away from your home. If your foundation is cracked or uneven, water will find its way into your basement.

3. Install a sump pump.

If you live near a lake or ocean, there’s a good chance you’re no stranger to basement floodings. Sump pumps are perfect for homes like these that are in near-constant danger of being flooded. By sucking up water that makes its way into your home, sump pumps turn what would become a major problem into a mild inconvenience.

4. Schedule sewer and septic tank “check-ups.”

Can you remember the last time you had your plumbing and septic tank inspected just because? If not, that probably means it’s time to schedule a check-up. Over time, unkempt septic tanks will cause clogs to form, your sewer to back up, and a whole mess of other problems.

The best thing a homeowner can be is proactive. Give Mr. Rooter of San Francisco a call today to schedule preventive maintenance!