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How to reduce the risk of basement flooding

Posted on: December 13, 2013

Already this year the DC metro area has seen a good amount of snow—and where this is snow, there is eventually snow melting! It’s important to know how to reduce the risk of basement flooding so your winter wonderland doesn’t end up becoming a winter wasteland.

If you want to reduce the risk of basement flooding in the Gaithersburg, MD area, call James A. Wheat & Sons today at 240-399-5051240-399-5051!

Reduce the Risk of Basement Flooding

Here are our steps to reducing the risk of basement flooding this season and all year round:

Step 1: Inspection – Hire a licensed plumber to inspect your basement and plumbing. The trained experts at James A. Wheat & Sons can thoroughly investigate your home’s plumbing systems to ensure everything is sealed up tight and working properly.

Step 2: Sump Pumps – Your sump pump is a crucial part of your basement—so important, in fact, that it gets its own step. Unfortunately, most people don’t even think about their sump pumps until they’re in need of repair, and by that time it’s already too late! Much like any mechanical device, they require routine maintenance. A sump pump that is not well-maintained is likely to wear out, dry out, overheat, lose lubrication, or potentially blow a circuit—all big problems when you need it to work!

The best thing you can do for your sump pump is to have a plumber inspect it to ensure it’s working properly. He or she can replace any outdated parts and help you keep your basement dry. You can also test whether or not your sump pump is working before the next storm blows in (and inevitably melts!). All you have to do is get a large 5 – 10 gallon bucket and fill it with water. Next, just start pouring it into your sump pit (the hole in the floor where your sump pump is located). The sump pump should kick on right away. If it doesn’t, you need to call James A. Wheat & Sons right away for sump pump repair!

Additionally, most sump pumps have a battery back-up in case the power gets knocked out during a storm, so it’s good to periodically check the batteries. Note: In the event that the power goes out and your basement floods, never walk through the water. You don’t know when the power could come back on, and there’s a chance that the water could get charged with an electrical current when it does. You should always hire a professional plumber when this occurs.

Step 3: Cracks – Be sure to seal any cracks in your foundation walls, flooring, and any window wells you have in the basement. They can be a main source for water getting into your basement and causing a flood.

Who to Call When Your Basement Floods in MD

If your basement is already flooded despite your best efforts, what do you do? Call James A. Wheat & Sons right away for plumbing repair. We can help you solve any plumbing problems that are occurring in your basement.

Contact us online or by phone at 240-399-5051240-399-5051 to schedule your service in the Gaithersburg, MD area!