Georgia is no stranger to heavy rainfall and flash floods this time of year, which can all contribute to home or office water damage. However, there are several things that you can do to prevent flooding and minimize water damage too.
When rainwater cannot drain properly, it can accumulate around your home’s foundation and seep into your basement or crawl space. To prevent this, make you’re your gutters and downspouts are clear of debris and that water is directed away from the foundation. Installing French drains, perforated pipes buried in a gravel-filled trench, can help redirect water away from your home’s foundation and help prevent flooding too.
Septic Tank Backup
If you have a septic tank at your home, heavy rains can flood the ground around the drainfield, making it impossible for water to flow out of your septic system. If this happens, sewage can back up into your home’s pipes and overflow from toilets, sinks, and other plumbing fixtures. To minimize this risk, keep your septic system properly maintained and make sure it is routinely emptied. If you start seeing water pooling in the drainfield area, this is a sure sign you need some maintenance work.
Cracks in your home’s foundation can allow water to seep in, causing flooding in your basement. To avoid this problem, inspect your foundation regularly for cracks and if you discover any, have them repaired as soon as possible. It’s also a good idea to ensure that the ground around your home slopes away from the foundation.
Sump Pump Failure
A sump pump removes any accumulated water from your basement and away from your home’s foundation. If your sump pump fails, water can quickly collect in your basement and lead to damage. If you have one, always have your sump pump inspected annually and make sure it’s in good working order. If you are worried it won’t work when needed, replace it or install a backup sump pump in case the primary pump fails.
Flash floods can overwhelm the local drainage systems leading water to back up into homes or office buildings. While you can’t prevent flash flooding, you can take steps to minimize its damage. If you live in an area prone to flash flooding, follow all the advice above and consider elevating appliances and electrical systems above the flood level, and store valuables on higher shelves. It’s also a good idea to have an evacuation plan in place if necessary.
By taking these steps, you can protect your home or office from flooding and minimize water damage. And if the worst does happen, make Apex your first call so we can come in, evaluate the situation and get to work right away repairing the damage.