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Cincinnati Water Damage: Article About Avoiding Basement Flooding

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Basement flooding is a common occurrence when the spring rains come. Every year, Cincinnati water damage professionals are tasked with performing restoration jobs that could've been prevented. Through proactive maintenance, homeowners can protect themselves and their belongings.

A key to avoiding basement flooding is keeping excess water away from the home's foundation. Gutters and downspouts play a big role in this regard. Gutters and downspouts have to be kept clear so that water flows properly and does not back up onto the roof. It's also essential to ensure that the water that is released from downspouts is diverted properly. If water pools near the downspout end, that pooling is just as bad as water overflowing from the gutter. Use downspout extensions and troughs, and consider a water containment system anywhere where the ground becomes particularly saturated.

Homeowners should inspect the exterior foundation walls and the interior basement walls at least once annually. If there are any cracks, fill them with epoxy. If the cracks are substantial, call in a foundation specialist to examine the problem. Even if there's no visible issues, it's a good idea to hire a specialist to inspect the foundation and basement every five years or so.

If the homeowner notices any potential for basement flooding, then he or she should install a sump pump.

The water damage experts at Griffin Contracting and Restoration of Cincinnati OH can assist you with any questions regarding fire and water cleanup or flooding damage.

Even if the sump pump will hardly see use, it's a worthwhile investment if the risk is there because the device can last 20 years or longer, and the investment will pay off the first time a flood event occurs. If a home is prone to basement flooding, then it's also a good idea to install a backup sump pump. Most sump pumps have battery backup, but a generator is the best line of defense against a power outage.

Sump pump maintenance is critical. Inspect the sump pump on a monthly basis. Keep it clean, and replace and charge batteries as necessary. An important part of a sump pump system is the float switch, so inspect that and replace or upgrade it if there are any signs of wear. Be sure to inspect the drainage line as well. The drainage line should have a screen at the end that blocks debris, and that screen may require occasional replacement.

Finally, homeowners should check their home insurance policies. While insurance statistics reveal that most homeowners aren't covered for basement flooding, industry surveys show that the majority of homeowners believe that they are covered. In many cases, additional coverage must be added to the policy.

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