Basement flooding is a widespread problem and causes millions of dollars in damage to personal property, not to mention huge personal efforts in rehabilitation to fix the damage caused, and to replace items lost. Clearly, it is in a home owner’s best interest never to experience a basement flood at all.
Basement flooding can be a real stressful problem to deal with. You often find out about it only after it is too late and most Toronto homeowners who experience flooding just try to clean up their basement instead of also protecting it against future possibilities of basement flooding.
Since winters are predicted to get harsher over the coming years, the possibility of seeing more number of melting snow flooded basements is highly likely. It would thus be a wise decision for a homeowner to install protective plumbing in the basement that will help protect the basement against excessive water for several years.
Here is a rundown of the various types of protective plumbing measures that will usually be taken up by a professional Toronto plumber to prevent basement flooding.
Sump pumping system – This will include a sump pit, a sump pump and a discharge pipe. If these are not installed properly, it can easily result in basement flooding. A professional contractor will look into the design and functioning of the sump system to see if your home or commercial property needs some parts to be changed or altered. Installing a new sump pump system might involve a partial removal of your basement floor. The contractor will also install the new pump system in such a way that it can be easily accessed in the event of basement flooding. Only a contractor will know what type of sump pump to install on your property. There are many different kinds. Some are submersible pumps which will work under water. There are also other types of pumps available such as automatic pumps that will go to work as soon as there is any sign of flooding in your basement.
Backwater valve – All basement plumbing will need to have a backwater valve installed. This will essentially prevent the sewage from the public lines from backing up into your basement. After melting snow flooded basements, backed up sewage lines are the second most common cause for flooded basements. The contractor will install these backwater valves for you. Most counties or towns will require that only a professional and licensed contractor install these valves and it is best that you let them do the job. Also, only a contractor will know how to install a proper cover plate that will allow the back flow valve to be accessed easily and conveniently. A contractor will also give you good basic tips on how to maintain the backwater valve which will serve you well in the long run.
Some Tips to help preventing Basement Flooding
- You can help prevent basement water problems by keeping your rain gutters clean, extending rain gutter downspouts and other routine maintenance.
- Be aware that weather isn’t the only cause. Make sure your plumbing is good. Make sure your pipes don’t leak or burst.
- Install a check valve for backup sewer. Flooding does cause street sewer lines to back up, and could lead back into your home!
- Where the sump pump is, try making the hole deeper so it will collect longer before it floods out onto the floor where your plasma TV is.
- Put a vent or hole in the the basement wall where where flooded water can flow out such as by the basement windows. This can lower the cost of your flood insurance.
- Don’t underestimate the chances of your basement flooding. This can happen in any Toronto home, no matter how well you protect it.