Make sure the sump pump is working properly and is large enough. Many times smaller pumps or older pumps cannot handle large amounts of water and results in an overflow. Sump pumps should be connected to a backup source of power such as a battery or generator in case of an electricity failure. Make sure the pump and well are clear of debris.
The sump pump should not be connected to the sanitary sewer. If this connection is made it will cause the sanitary drains (toilets, sinks, basement floor drain, etc.) to backup during heavy rains? This will also cause an overload in the main lines and contribute to back ups to neighboring homes. This is also an illegal connection, in most communities.
To prevent leakage from basement window wells, installing new windows or glass block windows should help solve the problem. However, all homeowners should check to make sure they are following proper building codes for escape exits and ventilation guidelines.
Some landscaping may prevent flooding for homeowner’s but it may also cause their neighbor’s property or home to flood. Landscaping, fences and other obstacles are usually to blame for blocking the designed overland flow routes.
Waterproof cracks around pipes in basements from the outside or inside to prevent seepage. This can be done in some cases by the homeowner or by a waterproofing company.
Most homeowner’s insurance policies do not cover property for flood damage. Homeowners should check with their insurance company for proper flood coverage.
Ever wonder why the 100-year rain seems to happen every year? Most people think that the 100-year rain will happen one time in a hundred years. This is a confusing term. What the 100-year rain means is that every year, there is a 1% (1 in a 100) chance that the “100-year storm” will occur.