Basements are natural attractions for water due to their location and the fact that water follows the path of least resistance,
Cleveland OH (PRWEB) July 19, 2012
Restoration Local, one of the leading providers of water damage restoration service in the country, is offering property owners suggestions on how to prevent or at least reduce the threat of basement flooding in homes or businesses.
Basements are natural attractions for water due to their location and the fact that water follows the path of least resistance, which means it accumulates in the lowest lying area of any structure. The following steps may be taken to cut down on the likelihood of basement flooding or other types of water damage.
Gutters and downspouts should direct water out and away from the home. Improperly installed gutter systems may inadvertently channel water towards the home and into the basement.
Correct additions will need to be installed to the gutter system to ensure proper and correct water flow. Gutters should be thoroughly cleaned every year.
Yards should be checked following thunderstorms or severe rainfalls to see if and where water may be pooling up. This is a sign of improper landscaping which can direct water into the basement. In some cases, significant landscaping alterations may need to be performed.
Emergency power sources should be installed in order to allow for continuous power supply in the event the basement is flooded and threatens fuses or electrical boxes. Emergency generators are excellent tools for this purpose.
Install a sump pump or sump pit setup. These units are designed to catch any flood waters and channel them out of the home before they have the chance to back up and become a problem. Sump pumps may require backup units just in case the primary unit malfunctions or is overrun.
Make sure that any and all drains located around the exterior of the basement are free and clear of obstructions. One of the most common causes of basement flooding is backed up drainage systems.
Based in Cleveland OH, Restoration Local is one of the leading providers of water damage restoration in the country, with service in 30 states and more being added every month. They are available 24/7 and all work is guaranteed.