It’s every homeowner’s nightmare: opening the door to the basement, walking down the steps and then seeing that the floor is drenched with water. All of your furniture, electronics and personal items are ruined. The walls and the flooring are hotspots for mould, mildew and pests. You’ll have to hope that your insurance company covers the costs, or you’ll be spending thousands to repair the damages.

There are ways that you can make sure that this nightmare doesn’t come true. Or, if you’ve been unlucky in the past, that it doesn’t happen again.

1. Waterproof the Basement

The best way to prevent flooding is to get your basement professionally waterproofed. Waterproofing solutions include sealing cracks in the foundation, adding vapour barriers behind walls, implementing emergency plumbing features, fixing drainage systems and grading the front yard to have a more effective slope. A local company like NTL Contracting and Waterproofing offers all of these basement waterproofing services and much more to guarantee that the inside of your home stays dry, no matter what the weather is like outside.

2. Inspect Your Sump Pump

You have a sump pump to help prevent basement flooding. That’s good! But, it’s still not a guarantee that water can’t get inside.

One common problem with sump pumps is that they need to be connected to a power source, which means they’re useless when storms cause power outages. So, yours might not work when you need it the most. You should get a backup power source for your sump pump so that you don’t have to worry about it shutting down when a heavy storm knocks out the electricity.

Another thing that you should do is inspect your sump pump at least once a year to make sure that it’s in top condition. You don’t want to find out that you needed an upgrade when a big storm hits and then water starts pooling on your basement floor. Test it out by pouring a bucket of water into the sump basin and then watch as the pump turns on and diverts the water out. If it’s not working or seems slow, you should replace it.

3. Deal with the Gutters

Your gutters can be one of the biggest problem areas on your roof if they’re not installed properly or they’re in poor condition. Gutters are supposed to help water run off the roof and divert it down the downspout, away from the foundation. When they’re in bad condition, the gutters can send all of that water spilling down the external walls and into the foundation. This could lead to flooding.

Take the opportunity to get your gutters inspected. If they need fixing or replacing, get it done right away.

If they’re in fine condition, you should still put in the effort to clean your gutters a few times throughout the year. Dirty, clogged gutters can also be flooding hazards. Doing the chore every once in a while could save you a lot of trouble in the future.

You don’t want to ever walk down to your basement and see that it’s turned into a pond. These three solutions will help you protect your basement from flooding and water intrusion. A single drop won’t find its way inside.