4 Ways to Prevent Basement Flooding in Connecticut

Basement flooding is very common throughout Connecticut. With the seasons switching, snowmelt and increased rain can cause water to leak into your basement or back up through your plumbing.

Any house can be at risk, (you DO NOT need to be a flood zone) and water flooding can result in costly repairs due to water damage or mold and mildew growth.

This season’s weather may bring water into your home, but fortunately, there are steps to prevent damage from happening

Common Causes for Flooding in Connecticut

  • Here are a few common causes for basement flooding in CT:
  • Increase in rain or snowmelt
  • Leaks in your pipes or plumbing
  • Damaged, cracked or broken pipes
  • Toilet clogs and system backups
  • Frozen pipes
  • Unsealed basement walls and floors
  • Sewage backup

There are several factors that can cause flooding in your home, so it’s important that you know the dangers and how to prevent them from happening. When it comes to basement flooding, prevention is key.

Flooding Prevention

Any sort of water present, large or small can cause damage to your home. Water in your home or basement can lead to serious damage, ruined belongings, and even health hazards for you and your family.

If any water is left standing, mold growth can happen very quickly. At the first sign of any water present, you should call a professional immediately.

It’s also important to know if you’re near or in a flood zone. Check out this article to find out if you’re in a flood zone in Connecticut .

If you constantly find water in your basement you should consider three options:

1. Waterproofing your basement

Basement waterproofing a technique used to prevent water from entering the basement of a structure. Waterproofing a basement that is below ground level can require the application of sealant materials, the installation of drains and sump pumps, and more.

2. Sump pump

Sump pumps are valuable fixtures if you live in a home that doesn’t have proper drainage away from the house. It is important for the sump pump to be efficient and reliable every time you need it to work. Just an inch or two of basement water can cause thousands of dollars in damages and create a major inconvenience for you and your family.

Sump pumps are typically installed in your basement or crawlspace. They typically run on electricity, you may want to consider a battery backup, so you continue to be protected in the event of an outage.

3. Flood alarms

A flood alarm is a special electronic device that sets off a signal when its sensor detects a presence of water.

By installing a water alarm that detects moisture as soon as it appears you prevent water damage that can empty your pocket and have a detrimental effect on your life.

4. Ejector pump

If your basement is finished and has a bathroom, it’s likely that you already have an ejector pump. Plumbing systems use gravity to their advantage, and if your bathroom is lower than your sewer line, it may need a little extra help.

An ejector pump helps to carry waste to the sewer line, so it if malfunctions, you could end up with sewage in your basement. Ejector pumps also run on electricity, so a backup is important.

Now that you know how you can prevent basement flooding in your home, what are you waiting for? Call A-Team Plumbing of Connecticut today!