How to Avoid Flooding and Drainage Problems in Victoria BC
Maintenance is key for preventing drainage problems and flooding for your Victoria BC home! To eliminate basement flood probabilities, plan in advance. Have your sewer drains snaked out annually. Cut through unwanted roots and debris by using the biggest cutter possible. Our advanced technology can easily scope out what’s in your pipeline.
1) Check your landscaping
Although plants absorb water from the soil, they can also cause water intrusion in your basement. If they’re too close to the foundation, roots may penetrate, resulting in cracks or bowing walls which allow water in. Overgrown shrubs may also restrict once-proper drainage and allow water to pool too close to your home.
Landscape solutions: ·Divert rain spouts, install a rain garden or dig out a swale.
2) Extend downspouts and turn away from your home
Instead of connecting downspouts to your footer drain or having them end right above the ground around your home, add some more material so that the water runs out of the spout further away from the outside perimeter.
Be sure to direct it toward lawn areas that are graded away from your home so that the water does not simply flow back toward your outside walls and sit. The water build-up during heavy rains will saturate the ground, eventually causing basement flooding for your Victoria BC home.
3) Clean out your gutters
Listen up leaves and sticks add up in your gutters. If you are not regularly cleaning them out, you are putting your home at risk for flooding. During a heavy rain, blocked gutters don’t drain correctly, forcing the water to dump directly below them onto the foundation around the perimeter of your home.
These clogs cause more violent rainfall to hit the ground because the water is being forced out with nowhere else to go instead of drizzled from the sky. This force pounds your foundation with heavy precipitation as if it’s being soaked by the bucket drop at you favorite water park….only this time it’s not fun and refreshing.
4) Install a sump pump (and a back-up system)
By installing an automatic sump pump, you can keep water buildup from normal rainfall in check and prevent basement flooding. They act like a big floor drain, sucking any water out of the surrounding foundation and redirecting it elsewhere out of harm’s way.
Backup sump pumps will kick on should the first one go out. For example, there are battery-operated options that startup if the power goes out rendering the first one useless.
5) Install a backwater valve
This closes off drains to municipal sewer lines. Few cleanups are costlier than cleaning up sewage. The key is that it is installed in a place that prevents the sewage from coming in through any other drain in your home, like toilets or sinks.
6) Install a French drain
They are great at diverting water and preventing floods. If your home is properly graded but you still end up with water in the basement, consider a French drain. You may need zoning approval for this change but it may make a big difference to your property. Installing a French drain can be complex, so you will likely need to enlist the help of a landscaping company.
7) Check with your insurance company
Not all homeowners insurance is created equal, and not all insurance covers all kinds of water damage and flooding in Victoria BC—finding out you don’t have coverage isn’t ideal when you are staring at three inches of water in your basement.
Check with your insurance company to ensure that floods and water damage are covered, and if you need to buy additional flood coverage for certain situations.
8) Install a waterproofing system
Waterproofing doesn’t mean coating your foundation with interior paint or sealants. While doing this will help seal the concrete, it will not prevent cracks from appearing on the outside. In other words, it’s fine to use sealants for minor issues like efflorescence, but not to stop water from entering. True basement waterproofing means applying an elastometric emulsive membrane on the outside of your foundation to seal the wall, provide a drainage plane for water, and stretch over future cracks to prevent water infiltration as the house ages.
93% of all water damage can be prevented if you have the right measures in place.
Is your home ready for rain? Take steps to prevent floods! Contact Larix Landscape Team to conduct an inspection.