Roanoke gets about 43 inches of rain per year, and most falls between April and August.
That means the time to take steps to prevent basement flooding should start in March, at the latest, though there are obvious variables that can affect rainfall rates throughout the year.
If your basement is prone to flooding, and you don’t take steps to prevent it, you could be facing thousands of dollars in cleanup costs and the lingering effects of unhealthy mold and moisture should an inland tropical system or extreme rain event hit Roanoke.
Expert technicians from Southern Trust can install and maintain a sump pump in your Roanoke home, complete with a backup battery system or even generator to ensure it can continue pumping water out of your basement if a storm cuts power.
But there are some steps you can take, too, to prevent basement flooding in the first place:
- Gutters: Make sure your gutters and downspouts are working properly and directing water away from the home. Water that pools around your foundation can easily infiltrate your basement.
- Landscaping: Make sure the grade of your lawn doesn’t direct water toward your home. If it does, consider creating a mounded flower bed in front of your house. If it becomes a chronic issue, consider a French drain or reworking the slope of your lawn.
- Cracks: Inspect your foundation to ensure there are no cracks. If there are, use cement putty or epoxy to fill the cracks or holes.
- Seals: Ensure any basement windows are very well-sealed and have a window well that can prevent water intrusion.
If these preventative measures don’t prevent basement flooding, make sure you have a sump pump that is well-maintained and functioning properly, especially ahead of forecasted heavy rain or storms. Our expert techs can not only install a sump pump, we can keep it on a tight inspection schedule so it won’t fail when you need it most.
If your basement floods despite these precautions, don’t despair. Southern Trust can respond 24/7 to emergency plumbing calls in Roanoke to begin the pumping process and suggest ways to ensure it never happens again.