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3 Crucial Steps to Preventing Basement Flooding

3 Crucial Steps to Preventing Basement Flooding

It’s summertime, which means you’re likely spending your free time at the pool, grilling up some burgers, or simply enjoying the summer nights with family and friends. What you don’t want to spend your free time doing is unnecessary repairs around your home. Utah is not immune to heavy rains or flash floods. What are you doing to protect your basement from flooding? Prevention is always better than treatment, so today we’re going to share some tips with you to keep your summer filled with fun not work. Follow these three crucial steps to prevent basement flooding.

Gutters and Downspouts

Your gutters and downspouts may seem like a simple solution to prevent basement flooding but they do the trick! Make sure to keep them clear of any dead leaves or other debris so that water can move away from your home and basement. You should try to get the water to drain at least three feet away from your home, but the further the better. If you need to, get some troughs or other supplies to keep the water from pooling near your house and foundation.

Window Well Covers

If you have windows that are below grade, they will automatically be a target for water. By covering your window well with a clear window well cover, you can keep out most water and keep your basement dry. The great thing about a window well cover is that not only will you will be keeping out rain water, but also snow, leaves, twigs, pests and even pets or children. A well cover is a great way to protect your basement from many different things and is painless to install. Check out the window well cover options and prices at Windowell Expressions.

Proper Lawn Grade

If your lawn is does not have a proper grade or slope, no window well cover or gutter will protect you for long. Your home should sit on the highest ground of your property, leaving gravity to do most of the work for you and carry water and runoff away from your home and basement. If unfortunately, your lawn grades toward your house and fixing it is out of the questions, there are a few ways to improve water runoff from your property. You can dig a dry creek filled with rocks and direct the water around your home. There are also several other drain options that can be installed, like a French drain, to move water into a gravel trench, then a pipe, and then away from your home.  You can check out four drainage solutions for low flooding yards here.

While these three options will help to prevent basement flooding, there are lots of other ways to improve your odds and avoid cleaning up a big mess. If your window well drain system needs to be updated to keep water draining propelry, or you’re interested in a window well cover, don’t hesitate to call the professionals at Windowell Expressions.

4 Drainage Solutions for Low Flooding Yards

Heavy Utah rains can often lead to flooded yards. Wet socks and shoes for the unsuspecting victim is annoying, but left unchecked these puddles can cause an even bigger headache. Stagnant water means mosquitoes and other bugs; it can also lead to dead grass or other plants. And if that water is too close to your home you can expect bigger problems like basement leaks or water damage. Even the best well cover from Windowell Expressions can only keep out so much water.

Ideally your yard should slope away from your home, making water drainage easy. But if your yard is flat or has low spots you need other drainage solutions. Re-grading can be expensive so first try out these four drainage solutions for your low flooding yard.

Catch Basin

A catch basin is a great way to promote drainage, especially if you have one low spot but the rest of your yard has good slope. All you have to do is create a way to get that water flowing again. Start by dig a ditch from the area with water toward lower elevation. Insert the catch basin, making sure that it sits just below the top of the ground next to the area where you have water collecting. Next connect a pipe to your catch basin and then bury the pipe! 

Curtain Drain

Putting in a curtain drain will help pull the water from your yard. The catch with a curtain drain is that you must be able to lead the water to an area that is lower in elevation than your yard. Once you’ve established where to send the excess water, bury a perforated pipe in the ground, surround it with stones and cover with filter cloth. Water enters the holes in the pipe and with a little help from gravity the water flows downhill and you’re left with a dry yard.

Dry Well

A dry well can be a great solution if your yard has significant drainage problems because it will hold any excess runoff. First, a well is installed much lower than the level of your home. Then during a storm, the well fills with water instead of your lawn. In the days afterward it will slowly drain into the soil around it. You can also add pipes to move the water out of the well too. If you choose a dry well that is filled with gravel you can cover it with soil or grass, so it won’t detract from your landscape design.

Sump Pump

One of the best, but most expensive solutions for flooding yards is a sump pump. The sump pump sucks all that excess water from your yard and pumps it somewhere else. The pump in installed in a pit in your yard, and when that pit fills with water the pump moves the water away.

While these are great options, if you are unsure about the best solution for your home and yard be sure to talk with a landscaping company for a professional opinion.