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During the summer, homeowners often move their things into the basement for storage, such as excess items and important documents that just take up space above. However, while summer can be a dry season, it can also bring summer storms with it. Unfortunately, these storms can be strong enough that they can flood your basement. Fortunately, there are ways to avoid a flooded basement.

In this post, Infinity Home Improvements discusses five common methods to prevent basement flooding.

Clean Your Gutters

Cleaning your gutters and maintaining your downspouts is only one of the easiest ways you can prevent basement flooding. Otherwise, the water can overflow, pool around your foundation, and cause the basement to flood instead of being diverted away from your home. The main cause of faulty gutters is fallen debris such as leaves and twigs, so install only the best gutter guards to prevent debris build-up and subsequently, basement flooding.

Trees

If you’re looking to prevent basement flooding and be environmentally friendly at the same time, there’s always the option of planting trees on your property. Excess water will be absorbed by their roots, protecting your foundation and preventing flooding in your basement.

Repair Your Foundation Wall

Cracks in your foundation wall can cause water leakage that can contribute to basement flooding. With that in mind, inspect your foundation wall, basement walls and floors regularly. If you see major cracks, call a professional to repair it as soon as possible.

Proper Landscaping

Proper landscaping is another method that homeowners use in preventing basement flooding. This is because your yard slope or flower bed shape can easily contribute to these water issues. Depending on how your landscape looks, regrading your lawn may be necessary to prevent water intrusion.

Sump Pump Maintenance

A sump pump is one of the best defenses against mold, water damage and flooding. Some houses already come with a sump pump upon purchase. However, having one isn’t enough; you have to maintain it as well. Make sure your sump pump is working properly before a big storm rolls in and if not, get a professional to repair or replace it before the rain starts.

To install a gutter guard in your home, look no further than Infinity Home Improvements. We are your leading provider of the best gutter guards on the market. Give us a call at (800) 824-3772 or fill out our contact form to get your free quote. We serve homeowners in Wyoming, Michigan and other nearby areas.