How to Handle a Flooded Basement (What to Do Action Plan)
Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky homeowners know a flooded basement means a lot of work is ahead. Many homeowners invest in their basements and stand to lose more than just stored holiday decorations. So, what should you do? In this blog, we’ll cover what to do if you discover a flooded basement and how to take precautions against one. Read this blog, take the steps to avoid basement flooding and avoid the panic if this happens to you.
Flooded Basement: First Steps
If Flooding is From Indoor Source, Turn off Water ValveMost water meters have two valves. One is on the house side and the other on the street side of the meter. Usually, the main shutoff is in the basement nearest the streetside of the house. If the water is coming from the water heater, turn off the valve on the water heater itself. Some water heaters may not have one. If this is the case, ask your Apollo plumber to install one.
Sump Pump Not Working?If you have basement flooding even with the use of a sump pump, replace your sump pump. If you’re not sure if it’s working, unplug the unit for about 10 seconds. When you plug it back in, it should begin to cycle.
Check the Floor DrainIf water is entering the basement through a floor drain, either the city main is backing up or there’s an obstruction in your sewer. If the flood is substantial enough, this water will start coming in the foundation’s cracks as well. Call a plumber and notify the city.
Dealing With Floor Drain Issues
- Temporarily fix this problem by installing a standpipe. Once installed, this pipe gives the water somewhere to go if there’s a backup. This avoids a flooded basement.
- Purchase a floor drain plug to use as a temporary fix.
- Disconnect your sewer from your floor drain. This is a permanent fix.
- Install a heavy-duty check valve, like a backwater valve. This permanent fix ensures water backing up from the sewer won’t enter your home.
- Turn your gravity sewer into an overhead sewer. With this permanent fix, you abandon your sewer and redirect all your fixtures overhead in the basement ceiling. To reconnect to the city main you’ll need excavation. Finally, you’ll need to install a sump pump inside an ejector pit to take care of your basement fixtures or drains.
Wet Weather Basement Flooding
Overland flooding or Surface inflowRain and melting snow quickly strain drainage systems, especially if Cincinnati gets a lot of precipitation within a few hours or steadily for several days. Even if you don’t live in a flood plain, it’s possible. Whether you’re near the Ohio River or not, Cincinnati has experienced several flooding incidents within the last couple of years.
Foundation Drainage FailsHomes are built to direct water away from the foundation. Sometimes those plans fail.
- Sump Pump Doesn’t Work
- Weeping Tile Fails
- Full Sewers
- Restrictions to the Flow