When a greater Cincinnati homeowner sees the basement flooding, panic sets in. This is an expected reaction, as the basement in many homes holds valuable personal possessions. But what do you do once the water’s rising?
Sump Pump Not Working?
If you have basement flooding even with the use of a sump pump, your sump pump probably needs to be replaced. 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 Drain
If water’s 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.
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, preventing basement flooding.
- 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 back water valve. This permanent fix ensures that 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. Excavation will have to be done so you can reconnect to the city main. You’ll still need to install a sump pump inside an ejector pit to take care of your basement fixtures or drains.
To learn more about preventing and fixing problems related to basement flooding, contact Apollo Home Heating, Cooling and Plumbing. We’re proud to serve homeowners throughout the greater Cincinnati area.
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