Another Nor’Easter Next Week? Help Preventing Basement Floods
There is a chance that there will be yet another Nor'easter that hits the Hudson Valley next week. Are you counting, that would be the third in less than a month. With the ground and existing snow trying to thaw along with the increased amount of rainfall that the Hudson Valley has had, how's your basement doing? Is your sump pump going 24 hours a day?
With the additional rain and snow melt, homeowners could see increased instances of basements flooding. Are you one of those people?
Here are some tips from T. Webber Plumbing & Heating as to how you can help to prevent your basement from flooding, via press release:
- Look for Signs of Water – Do a walk-through, and search for any signs of water damage, especially under basement stairs. Keep an eye out for moisture on walls or floors.
- Act Quickly – If you discover water stains or standing water, call an expert right away. If it isn't resolved quickly and professionally, you risk more significant damage, as well as possible mold contamination.
- Be Proactive – Check the operation of your sump pump, if you have one, to remove excess water. Also make sure the drain and catch basin are clean. If you don't have one, but have a history of basement flooding, consider having a sump pump installed to prevent future damage.
- Clear Gutters and Downspouts – Inspect for clogs and make sure that water is flowing away from your home and foundation.
- Turn off Electricity – If you do encounter flooding in your basement, turn off all power sources by switching off the main breaker. Do this before entering the basement any time there is standing water. It's best to get help from a professional to reduce electrocution risk.
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