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If there is one visitor that no home welcomes, it would be floods. Floods can happen to any home from the outside or from within. All that it takes is a torrential downpour and clogged drains, and an emergency scenario automatically forms. A failed water pump or forgetting to turn off the basement faucet can also be the source of a flooded house. Regardless of how the flood hits, it is not an easy feat to clean up afterwards. This underlines the importance of picking out the right flood prevention system for your house.
If you live in an area where natural flooding occurs from time to time due to the cyclical weather pattern, or there has been historical records of “The Big One” in the past, then we highly recommend settling for preventative maintenance as and where possible. This translates to chores around the house: from cleaning out the gutter on a regular basis to installing backwater valves on the sewer lines as well as floor drains in the basement or other low-lying areas. It is also imperative to ensure that appliances such as water heaters and washing machines are kept above the base flood elevation, while ensuring a reliable sump pump system is in place with a regular maintenance schedule.
In order to stop sewage from flowing back into the house due to blocked or over-worked municipal sewer lines when the rainy season hits, installing backwater valves on drainage pipes tend to be the best possible move. A flow reversal will see the backwater valve close and cut off the flow, ensuring that no wastewater and potentially harmful raw sewage will enter the house.
Floor drains work well to mitigate water damage in the event of a flood, but only if the overflow of water is not overwhelming. A floor drain is no match for a natural flood, which is why installing a Flood-Guard in low-lying floor drains on in the basement is essential in warding off dirty flood water. Flood-Guards are effective as they rely on check valve technology in order to seal off the drain opening. Whenever sewage water starts to creep into the house, it will push the float within the Flood-Guard up until the float acts as a seal to the opening. As the sewage level drops, the float will lower in order to have the drain operate as normal.
Backup Sump Pump
It is always a good idea to have a backup sump pump just in case the primary one fails. Prevention is always the best option in any situation, and with majority of primary pump systems being powered by electricity, a flood might trigger a power outage in the area, which would in turn render the primary pump system useless. A secondary or backup sump pump will come in handy here, making a water-powered backup sump pump the ideal solution. Alternatively, a battery-powered emergency sump pump system will also work well. While the backup sump pump will not boast of similar performance levels as that of the primary electrical pump, it should be adequate to ensure that things flow correctly until the primary pump comes online.
At the end of the day, it is all about picking the right flood prevention system for your house based on the budget and circumstances. Each house is special, so options vary from home to home.