The greater Sacramento area is considered the greatest flood risk area in California. With several stream systems traversing it, Sacramento is at risk of localized stormwater and riverine flooding. One of the main areas likely to be affected is your basement. Basement flooding occurs in places with extreme rains, causing damage worth millions.
Fortunately, there are things you can do to prevent water flooding in your basement. At Ace Plumbing Heating & Air Conditioning, we recommend checking and servicing your plumbing system to ensure no blockages cause or worsen a flood. If you’re not sure why your basement is flooding, our expert plumbers can help inspect, diagnose and treat the problem.
What Causes Flooding in the Basement?
Some of the common causes of basement flooding include:
- Seepage from cracked walls or foundation floor
- Plumbing leaks such as burst water pipe
- Storm sewer backup
- Clogged gutters
- Downspouts failure
- Broken sump pump
Things To Do To Prevent a Flood
Some tasks such as cleaning the gutters, testing your drains, and checking cracks on walls and foundations don’t require professional help. However, you may need our help to repair, install or replace plumbing systems. We can also help you determine which systems need repair and which ones need to be replaced.
Clean Your Gutters
Your downspouts and gutters are designed to collect snowmelt and rainwater flowing off the roof and slowly channel them away from your home’s foundation. To ensure they are in good condition, clean the gutters three to four times a year, especially before the spring season.
Install a Sump Pump
Sump pumps help protect your home from flooding. If you don’t have one already, our team can help you set it up and service it regularly to ensure it operates optimally to protect your home. We will place the device in your basement along with a sump pit to hold water. If water enters the basement and increases to a certain level, it triggers the pump to pump it out. The water will exit your basement through a drain pipe that empties away from your foundation.
Check for Foundational Cracks
Small cracks in your Sacramento home’s foundation can become a major problem if ignored, as they can allow water to seep through into your basement. If you notice any cracks around the walls and the foundation, let us know, and we will help you fix them before they cause major flooding.
Check Your Landscaping
While plants absorb water from the soil, they can also cause water intrusion into your basement. If you have planted too close to your foundation, roots may grow and penetrate through it, causing cracks or bowing walls that can allow water to enter the basement. Overgrown shrubs can also block proper drainage and cause water to flood close to your home.
Hire a Professional to Inspect Your drains and Other Water Systems
Since there are so many things that can cause your basement to flood, it’s important to contact a professional plumbing company like Ace Plumbing Heating & Air Conditioning to conduct a thorough investigation and fix any problems with your plumbing drains and pipe system.
Get In Touch With Us
At Ace Plumbing Heating & Air conditioning, we care about your needs. Whether you need emergency repairs, installations, or replacement, our plumbers are ever ready to provide high-quality services every time. Contact us to find out why we’re Sacramento’s most trusted plumbing and HVAC Company.