One of the most catastrophic events that can occur to a homeowner is a basement flood. Having the water pumped out of your basement and the space dried properly can cost you thousands of dollars, and this doesn’t even account for any property stored down there that may be destroyed in the process. While basement flooding will always be a risk, one of the smartest moves a homeowner can make is to understand what causes flooding and attempt to minimize their risk. Check out these tips on how to reduce your odds of falling victim to costly flooding by understanding its causes and prevention:

Entry points

One of the most common causes of basement flooding is not maintaining your home’s physical structure well enough. Ensure that you don’t fall victim to flooding by regularly inspecting both the inside of your basement and the area surrounding the foundation of your house. If you see cracks in the external walls of your foundation, make sure to have them repaired or patched before the rainy seasons. Similarly, do what you can to reduce additional water flow in these areas. If you have sewer drains near your home’s foundation, check regularly to make sure that they aren’t clogged. This is of particular importance in the fall, as leaves can clog drains, causing water to reroute itself towards the next lowest point, which may be your basement.

Pipe maintenance

Another frequently occurring cause of basement flooding is burst piping. Pipes can burst for a number of reasons, so it’s important to be aware of how to prevent them from doing so. If the temperature in your home becomes too low, the pipes can crack or burst as a result of ice building up within. Counter this possibility by monitoring the temperature in your home during winter. Similarly, pressure buildup due to clogs in piping can also cause a burst. In order to prevent this, ensure that nothing but fluid is going down your drains unless you have a garbage disposal. Fats and grease are of particular trouble here, as they aren’t water soluble and can build up in your piping over years of use, causing an unexpected crack.

Awareness as prevention

In the event of pipes bursting, it’s imperative that you stop the flooding as quickly as possible to reduce the amount of damage done to your home and property. For many people, though, the basement is a relatively-low traffic area of their home, so they may not notice until significant destruction has occurred. Keep yourself in the know with our freeze and flood sensors. The former let you know when temperatures are dropping below freezing, and the latter indicate when water is present . Leave them plugged in downstairs and monitor them at any point in the day via our Smart Connect App.