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How To Protect Your Basement From Flooding

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Heavy rainfall poses a significant threat to the safety and integrity of your home, as it can easily lead to water damage and basement flooding. 

During intense rainfall, the ground becomes saturated, increasing the risk of water seepage into your home’s foundation and basement. This infiltration can result in costly repairs and pose health hazards due to mold and mildew growth.

To mitigate these risks, it’s crucial to take proactive measures to protect your home. In this blog, we’ll dive into some steps you can take to decrease the risk of flooding and water damage. 


Sump pumps defend your home from excess groundwater. 

People living in places like the Midwest, where there’s often heavy rain, melting snow, or high groundwater, can benefit from having a sump pump. This extra layer of protection helps to prevent costly damage to belongings and the structural integrity of your home.

A sump pump is vital for homeowners seeking to protect their property against water damage and flooding. It is installed in the lowest part of the basement to remove excess water. Groundwater can accumulate in the sump pit. The pump directs it away from the home’s foundation.


Ejectors move waste water away from your home. 

In plumbing, an ejector is a mechanical device that pumps waste or wastewater from basements or crawl spaces. 

It consists of a sealed pit, known as an ejector pit, equipped with a pump that activates automatically when the pit fills with waste. The pump propels the waste from the pit, typically into the main sewer line or septic system. Ejectors are essential for maintaining efficient plumbing systems in areas with below-grade plumbing fixtures. 

Losing power could lead to a backup of wastewater in your home, so you should ensure your ejector also has a functional backup battery in the event of a power outage. 


Invest in a battery backup. 

Sump pumps require electricity to pump out excess groundwater. If they’re inactive, water could build up, resulting in flooding. So, what happens when you do not have power to run your sump pump? 

Installing a battery backup system for your sump pump is a great investment. It will protect your home from water damage even when the power goes out. 

Battery backup systems automatically activate when the primary power source fails. An alternative power source to keep your sump pump running will give you ample time to remedy the outage. 


Regularly test your sump pump backup battery. 

Regular maintenance and testing of your battery-powered backup system will ensure its reliability. Schedule routine inspections to verify the backup battery is fully charged and functioning correctly.

You can test the backup system by temporarily turning off your main power line and watching to see if the backup battery keeps your sump pump operating. Addressing any issues will maintain the effectiveness of your backup system. You do not want your pump to fail when you need it most. 


Maintain clear discharge lines. 

Discharge lines serve as conduits for the water expelled by your sump pump and ejector. These lines are responsible for safely carrying this water away from your home’s foundation to a designated drainage area. 

Over time, debris and sediment can accumulate in discharge lines, obstructing water flow and potentially causing backups. You don’t want anything to hinder the water flow, so inspect the discharge pipe regularly to remove any buildup or obstructions and ensure that water drains away from your home.


Call Black Diamond to prevent your basement from flooding. 

At Black Diamond Plumbing & Mechanical, we don’t just provide service; we restore normalcy when you need it most. Whether you need routine maintenance on your sump pump or ejector or are dealing with a full-fledged emergency, you deserve fast service and lasting solutions. With over 25 years of experience, our skilled team of plumbers is well-equipped to handle any challenge. 

Don’t wait for a power outage to cause a plumbing disaster. Call us today at 815-444-0979 for peace of mind. We’re there when you need us. Plus, get $150 off a sump pump, ejector, or battery backup through May 31st, 2024.

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