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Reducing Your Risk of Basement Flooding

Basement flooding can cause serious damage to your home, including property damage, structural damage, and mold growth. Fortunately, there are a number of things you can do to reduce your risk of basement flooding. Here are some of the tips that our plumbing company has found to be most helpful.

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Improving Drainage
A home with poor drainage is especially prone to basement flooding. To improve your home’s drainage, unclog your gutters and downspouts once per week, especially during autumn when foliage often becomes trapped. This helps divert water away from your home, rather than into the ground near your home’s foundation and basement. If your downspouts and gutters overflow even when they’re clean, we recommend replacing them. Another good reason to replace your downspouts is if they do not extend at least six feet from your basement wall, or if the water does not drain away from your house and into the backyard or street.

Have Your Walls and Foundation Inspected
If your basement floods during heavy rain, chances are you have a leak in the basement walls. Call a reputable plumbing company in Arlington to schedule an inspection of your walls, especially if you see moisture on the wall or ceilings. If your gutters and downspouts are working properly, inspect your home’s foundation for cracks and make sure your lot has correct grading. If your home settles over time, like many homes do, you will need to fill in and grade the lot so the land slopes away from the house instead of toward it.

Install Flood-Proofing Devices
Ask local plumber near Arlington if installing a sump pump or backflow valve would be a good plan for your home. For some homeowners, these devices greatly reduce the risk of basement flooding.

If you are looking for high-quality plumbing services near Arlington, call All Plumbing, Inc. at (571) 482-7046. We are a locally owned and operated plumbing company with over 30 years of experience serving Northern Virginia. All Plumbing, Inc. is happy to offer 24-hour emergency plumbing services as well. 

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