Calgary Basement Development: Protect Your Basement From Flooding By Following Those Simple Tips

PictureLet’s face it — basement and flooding are two words that don’t go well together, and two words that you never want to see together. But the truth is that Calgary is a city that is extremely prone to floods, and a result PLANit Builders can’t stress enough the importance of being adequately prepared for the worst-case scenarios.

If you own a house with a basement, then learning how to protect your basement from flooding is of the utmost importance. To make the process easier for you, Calgary basement development company PLANit Builders has compiled a short list of quick and easy tips that you can follow in order to reduce the likelihood of experiencing a basement flood. So without further ado, here they are:

  • Make the ground gently slop away from your house. This is to make sure that no water is trapped around the foundation of your house, which brings us to our next point…
  • Clean your gutters. Gutters filled with debris will not be able to dispense of water properly and will most likely result in a flood. Similarly, ensure that your gutters and downspouts extend away from your house
  • If you don’t have one, buy and install a sump pump. In emergency situations a sump pump is your first line of defense against a flood.
  • Check your basement regularly. Flooding happens fast. Check your basement regularly for anything that  could lead to a flood. Make sure that the latter is in perfect condition. This advice also applies during heavy rainstorms. If needed don’t hesitate to go outside and to walk around your house to ensure that no water is being accumulated around its foundation.

How to Prepare Your Basement for Summer Storms

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With summer right around the corner, it is important to prepare your basement against the possibly of summer storms. While the severity of those summer storms may vary from province to province, nobody is truly immune to them. If you are unprepared, the damages could prove to both incredibly expensive and time-consuming.

So without further ado, here is how to prepare your basement for summer storms:

1. Check your basement for cracks in the foundation walls. You might want to consult this wonderful guide if you are unsure of how to repair those cracks.

2. Do not store valuables or emergency equipment in your basement. While this might sound obvious, some people still fail to follow this step.

3. Regularly check that your sump pump is working properly. Also note that sump pump do not work without electricity. As such, we recommend that you equip yourself with a backup generator.

4. During a severe storm, reposition your downspout to direct water away from the foundation of your home. However, if your property is surrounded by trees you might want to do that before the storm strikes.

5. Ensure that your eavestroughs are clear and free of debris. Clogged eavestroughs often cause rainwater to run down the sides of a house, ultimately accumulating in the basement.

6. The day before a storm is expected, move electronic equipment out of your basement, if possible.

7. Finally, we also recommend that you familiarize yourself with what to do in the event of a basement flood. The most important thing that you have to remember is to protect yourself against electric shock. Do not, under any circumstances, enter a flooded basement without rubber boots.

Plenty of information can be found on the city of Calgary’s website regarding storm season. Remember that prevention is always key.