Sewer backup and water damage are gross and expensive. Here are some ways you can help prevent them from happening to your home.
When it comes to water damage, prevention is often the less expensive and more responsible route for protecting your home. Here are five ways in which professional basement waterproofing experts can help protect your home from sewer backup and water damage.
1. Backwater Valves
Backwater valves are small, ingeniously simple devices that prevent your main drain pipes from backing up and pumping water back into your home. They work by simple mechanics, letting water flow freely when going in the right direction, but closing up the second it detects water flowing the wrong way.Many municipalities offer incentive programs to help every home have a functional backwater valve, simply because they are cost-effective and extremely useful. So, if you need one or need one replaced, the cost can be much lower than you expect.
2. Sump Pumps
If your home or basement is below the water table, you will need a sump pump in order to keep water out of your home. Sump pumps work quite simply: they detect when the water level around your home is too high and then pump water away from your home, where it can safely drain elsewhere. Sump pumps are not needed in many areas because of their requirements, but they are one of the most effective means of preventing basement flooding.
3. Floor Drain Plugs
Similar to the backwater valve, floor drain plugs help stop water from flowing back into your home. Where backwater valves are often installed in the main drain pipe leading from your home to your municipality’s drainage system, a floor drain plug is installed on your basement drain, right near the top. When water rises to the level of the drain, the mechanical device stops the water from flowing any further, keeping your home dry. It is best to think of floor drain plugs as a last line of defense rather than a complete basement waterproofing strategy.
Standpipes are special pipes installed in your home’s floor drain and sealed with a rubber seal. When water rises out of the drain, it goes into the pipe and back down. The main advantage of standpipes is that they are easy to install and remove and are best used when flooding is likely to occur, like during periods of storms or heavy rains.
5. New Seals on Windows and Doors
While your plumbing is a major source of sewage backup, water damage can come from the outdoors, not just your pipes. That is why any windows and doors in your basement should be regularly inspected for their ability to keep water out of your basement. Check any window and door frames in your home to see if any water could get through, and have a professional ensure they are replaced and watertight.While the best way to deal with water damage is prevention, sometimes the worst still happens. When that occurs, be sure to call a professional flooding restoration company, like AmSteam, to get your home cleaned up.