What Can I do to Prevent Basement Water Seepage during a Storm?
By marylandegr22885493, Oct 3 2016 09:43AM
Well, you could up the ante on that generator but, before you take out a second mortgage to pay for it, consider the much easier and more economical alternative of installing a battery backup sump pump.
Although most of us refer to “battery” backup sump pumps, there are actually two kinds – those that use a battery only and those that use an AC/DC power system. Here’s how they differ:
A battery-only backup sump pump is designed to step in when your primary sump pump fails due to a power outage. It takes over the task of removing storm water from the sump basin and, depending on the type of battery used, will run from 24 to 72 hours. These pumps are great for power outages and can save you not only the cost but the work and aggravation of repairing water damage in your basement.
An AC/DC backup sump pump will also function solely on battery power during an outage, just like the battery-only pump. However, the dual-power variety will also assist your primary pump when the volume of incoming water overwhelms its capacity and the power stays on. These pumps are great for sustained periods of rainy weather or mega-storms like last July’s. They also extend the life of your primary pump by preventing the frequent recycling that kills electric motors.
So, when you see those dark clouds gather and the cat’s hair is standing on end, think about what can happen to your basement while you’re running out to close the car windows. A backup sump pump can relieve you of one more worry, so why not set your mind at ease? At Worldwide Waterproofing, we’ve installed thousands of backup sump pumps and our customers can rest assured that a passing thunderstorm won’t endanger their basements.
BEFORE A HURRICANE
Cover windows with storm shutters or board up windows with plywood
Trim trees and shrubs that are close enough to fall on your home
Be sure gutters, downspouts and drains are not clogged and are attached correctly
Bring in all outdoor furniture, decor, trash cans, bicycles, etc.
Anchor storage sheds and other objects that are unsafe to bring inside, like gas grills or propane tanks
Turn your refrigerator and freezer to the coldest setting and keep closed in the event of a power outage
Turn off propane tank
Unplug small appliances
Elevate the furnace, water heater, and electric panel if the location is susceptible to flooding
Install “check valves” in sewer lines to prevent floodwater from backing up into the drains of your home
Waterproof the basement
Install sump pumps with battery backup
AFTER A HURRICANE
Carefully examine the outside of your home and check for loose power lines, gas leaks and structural damage before entering
If you have sustained damage to your home, have it inspected by a qualified building inspector before entering
Do not enter your home if you smell gas, or if your home has flood, wind or fire damage
Once your home is cleared to enter, take pictures of internal and external damage for insurance purposes
Contact your insurance agent
Do what you can to prevent further damage (for example, putting a tarp on a damaged roof)