How Safe is Your Basement from Flooding? 4 Tips for Staying Dry

February 16, 2012

Adams County Colorado, Belle Creek

There are so many reasons why people love living in Colorado.  While we enjoy over 300 days of sunshine per year on average, we do get our share of heavy snow.  Often, the heavy stuff will come down and rapidly melt a few days later, leading to… you guessed it… flooding.

 

But how can you protect – and prevent- your Belle Creek home from a flooded basment?  The answer is surprisingly simple.  

1. Take a Walk. Walk around the outside of your home and check for any areas of negative grade near your house.  You want to be sure that the land leading up to your home’s foundation slopes away from the house.  Also check during a rain storm, or after snow has started melting to see if water is pooling near your home.  A landscape contractor can give you advice on re-grading.

2.  Downspouts. Check out your downspouts.  Have they become detached?  Do they spill out right next to your home?  Invest in extensions for your downspouts to make sure they are draining further away from the house.

3. Spend some time in the gutter. The rain gutters on your roof can get clogged with leaves and debris.  Have them cleaned out in the spring and in the fall.  Gutters that are full will cause the water from the roof to spill over and dump directly onto your foundation.

4. Check your Hot Water Heater. This is one that many people never think about… until they have a brand new indoor pool in their basement.  Look for signs of rust, or if there is water under your heater.  Consider installing a drip pan beneath the water heater.  This will make small leaks more noticeable so that you will see them before it is too late.

 

Don’t underestimate the chances of your basement flooding even though we live in a fairly dry climate.  With a little bit of prevention, you can lessen your chances of having an oops in your basement!

 

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