If you’ve lived in Indiana for any length of time, you know the month of April is full of pop-up rain showers and thunderstorms. All of that rain tends to lead to flooding and, if your basement is prone to flooding, you’ll want to take precautions in order to keep your home and possessions safe and dry.
Why Does My Basement Flood?
Many families in Indianapolis and beyond find themselves facing the same problem every time it rains – a flooded basement. This can lead to a variety of issues, including mold growth, damage to your belongings, and structural damage to the building. But why is it happening?
If your home has a sump pump, you shouldn’t find that your basement is flooding consistently. A sump pump’s job is to effectively pump water away from the home’s foundation. A failing sump pump, though, won’t be able to pump water away from the home, allowing water to pool into your basement.
However, the cause of consistent flooding can go beyond sump pump issues. Water pooling, sewer backup, and water damage to the foundation of the home can all be at fault. To have your basement inspected and to determine what the cause of your spring basement flooding is, get in touch with a professional.
Emergency Power Source
Spring basement flooding will often cause electrical outages. It’s important to be prepared by installing an emergency power source. Install a generator to provide emergency electrical service for your furnace, refrigerator, and septic tank pump in case power is lost.
If you do not have a generator installed, you could find yourself running into flooding, frozen pipes, or a flooded septic tank. These issues can cause even bigger and more expensive problems down the road.
Install a Sump Pump
A sump pump is vital to keeping your basement dry and pumping water away from your home. This device pumps groundwater from heavy rain out of the pump pit in your basement. If you don’t already have a sump pump, you will need to have one installed.
If you already have a sump pump, but you still find that your basement is flooding, get in contact with a plumbing professional. They can inspect your sump pump to determine if it is still working and, if it’s not, they’ll be able to replace it.
Install a Backup Sump Pump
Even the most reliable piece of equipment can malfunction and fail. That’s why it is important to invest in a backup sump pump system. A backup sump pump, even a battery-operated model, can begin working if the main sump pump is out of commission. This will greatly reduce your chances of basement flooding. Some systems even come with additional security features like an alarm that will alert you if the battery-operated sump pump has started to work.
Preparation is key to protecting your home and everything in it. By properly preparing for heavy rain with the installation of a backup sump pump, you’ll ensure that your home stays safe and dry.
Contact Chapman for Sump Pump Installation
Spring storms can really take a toll on your basement. Flooding costs homeowners thousands of dollars on average each year. Get in contact with Chapman today to discuss your options and to determine how you can protect your home from the damage caused by flooding.
If you deal with basement flooding year after year, it’s time to do something about it. Call us at 317-943-8717 for more information about sump pumps, or schedule an appointment with us today.