Preventative measures will help limit the damage of flooding in your home.
Midland is no stranger to flooding. Like many Michigan cities, it boasts a network of lakes, streams, and wetlands, all of which contribute to a high water table. Not to mention the Tittabawassee River has been known to spill its banks. If you’ve experience basement flooding in the past, or if you’ve recently moved to the Midland area and would like to protect your new home, here are some preventative measures to take to limit the likelihood of basement flooding.
1. Make sure water flows away from your foundation.
When water begins to pool near your foundation, it increases the risk of basement flooding. Take some time after the next rainfall to check for any standing water near the base of your house. If you notice frequent pooling near your foundation after a rainfall, consider re-grading your lot to improve water flow. Keep your gutters, downspouts, and roof drains clear, and make sure they drain far away from your home.
2. Install a sump pump.
Sump pumps work by collecting potential flood waters into a basin, and then pumping them away from your home. They can be especially useful if your home’s foundation lies below the water table. To be extra secure, install a backup sump pump and an emergency generator so that your sump pumps will work even if you lose power.
3. Install a check valve.
Rainwater isn’t the only thing that can leak into your home. During a heavy rainfall, sewer lines can back up. A check valve makes sure that the sewer doesn’t back up all the way to your basement! They’re also one of the most affordable preventative measures you can take.
4. Limit your losses if flooding does occur.
Even after all these measures, your basement may still be at risk for flooding. However, you can limit the damage by storing important documents on a different floor or on higher shelving. Also consider hiring an electrician to move your power outlets higher up the wall. Many homeowners use their basements as default storage spaces, but make sure anything valuable is stored high off the basement floor.
More information to protect your home from basement flooding
The City of Midland provides more information their website for how you can protect your home from basement flooding. And if the worst happens, Modernistic’s flooding restoration team is available 24/7 to respond to your emergency.