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June 24th, 2021
Preventing a Basement Flood
Posted by Jenna Martin

Central Illinois is expecting upwards of 7 inches of rain in the next few days. It is important to be prepared, because a torrential downpour can overwhelm your home (and you) in a very short amount of time. Call us immediately when you find water damage - we are ready for phone calls, so getting in touch with us as soon as possible will get you help even faster.  877-MENOLDS.

 

 

Here are two MAIN ways you can prep your home RIGHT NOW before the rain gets here: 

 

1. Check your sump pumps!

We say this a lot. But what does it mean? Sump pumps collect excess water from the ground around your home and pump it out when the basin fills with water. It is so important to make sure your pump is working correctly. The bulk of flooded basement calls are because of failed sump pumps. Be careful when you check it - it is plugged in with an electric charge. The safest way to ensure your pump is working is to pour some water into it and see if it turns on. If not, head to a box store to grab a replacement sump just in case. Many times there are batteries, so if the power goes out you still have a working machine. Secure a back-up battery and make sure it is charged. 

 

Proper sump pump maintenance throughout the year helps enormously. Some pumps sit dry until we see a huge rain, and by that time the seals have dried enough to allow leaks through, rendering it useless. Dump a 5-gallon bucket of water in the pit once a month to keep everything lubricated and prevent the dry-out. If you are uncomfortable checking it yourself, give your plumber a call to give it a check-up.

 

2. Make sure your gutters and downspouts are in working order!

Rain needs somewhere to go, and gutters and downspouts direct it away from your house. Clear away leaves and debris with your hands or a tool. A high-powered hose is a great way to clean out the gunk that remains and clear out downspouts and ensure they are working properly. Walk around your home and ensure everything is connected properly and directing water flow away from the home's foundation.

 

 

You can never be too prepared. Follow these other steps, just in case water does find its way in:

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1.  Secure valuable items off the floor and in a safe space.

2. Put important furniture up on blocks or move it to a safe location.

3. Invest in storage totes for protection.

4. Make sure floor drains are clear and prepared to drain.

5. Have a flashlight and rain boots handy. 

 

 

Call us 24/7 for emergency water extraction and dry-out services. Following the emergency, we complete repairs as well, getting you back together the right way. Many companies only offer dry-out services, so choosing Menold ensures you get the "one stop shop" to make the process even easier on you.

 

 


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