Preventing Basement Damage From Flooding

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Having a basement in your home can be very beneficial. It can provide you with additional living and entertaining space. It can provide you with additional storage space, which most homes desire. It can even provide you with a place to hide all of the home?s necessary functions, such as the water tanks, water heaters, the furnace and the washer and dryer appliances. However, when the basement holds all of these appliances, it becomes a very important part of the home. Basements are more prone to flooding and to problems because they home these important appliances and because they are below water levels. It is important to keep the basement in top working shape and to prevent flooding, whenever possible.

In one year, the average American residence uses over 100,000 gallons of water (indoors and outside). Water is an important thing, for many reasons. It is used for showering, plumbing, washing clothing and dishes, cleaning and even for watering and maintain the lawn care. Most homes house their water tanks in the basement, away from the rest of the home?s living space. Water tanks may require additional appliances to work properly, which will also be housed in the home?s basement.

Some basements are more prone to flooding. They may be sloped incorrectly or not have enough drainage to prevent flooding. Because it is so important to prevent flooding waters from damaging the basement and its appliances, a basement sump pump installation may be needed. The sump pump is especially necessary in homes that have finished basements. The sump pump prevents the water tanks or other water appliances from flooding into the home. It acts as an additional pump, to pump out any excess water to prevent the flooding.

However, sump pumps need to be placed in the proper place in order to prevent flooding. While water pumps can pump water for hundreds of feet, they cannot lift water that is much more than 30 feet below the pump. This is why hand pumps are only used on shallow wells, and deeper wells have electric pumps that are lowered into the well.

Even with the appropriate flooding preventions, basements can and still do flood. Water tanks may boil over, or excess water from rain or snow may melt into the basement. This is why it is also important to have water well sealing services performed. Many homes rely on their own properties and well services for their water needs. A water well on the property that is not properly sealed can also cause excessive flooding. A well that is not properly sealed is likely to leak somewhat, providing damage to the home?s basement or to the land. This is why well digging and the best well digging services should always be completed by a professional well digging company. The well digging and sealing process can actually be quite complex.

Most modern wells are drilled, which requires a fairly complicated and expensive drill rig. Drill rigs are often mounted on big trucks. They use rotary drill bits that chew away at the rock, percussion bits that smash the rock, or, if the ground is soft, large auger bits. It is important that only a professional complete this job.

Basements provide homeowners with many benefits, including additional storage and entertaining space. However, they are prone to floods that can damage the home and the basement?s appliances. All necessary precautions should be taken to avoid basement flooding. The water tanks and other water appliances should be installed properly and efficiently. Any well water sources outside of the home need to be professionally installed and sealed. A sump pump may be a good back up water pump for the basement, in order to prevent damage from excessive flooding occurring.

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