How to Get Your Basement Ready For Flooding

Tropical Storm Lee (2011)

Many people throughout Central Pennsylvania remember Tropical Storm Lee. Many spent days cleaning, pumping and drying out their basements, so talk of Sandy is not being taken lightly. "I had some water in the basement last year during the storm. The drain was oversaturated with the extensive amount of rainwater and I just think it had nowhere to go and it just backed up into the house. I'm trying to get ahead of the curve and making spout extensions to keep water out of the basement," says Russell Shoop of York, who is preparing for the storm.

With the possibility of flooding, experts say the best thing to do is prepare. "Clear your down spouts, clear your gutters because you need to allow the water to run off of your roof and it needs to get away from your house. Also check your house for cracks, and fill any you can with caulk," says Kerryn Fulton with C.S. Davidson Inc. "Make sure that your down spouts are extending away from your house, away from the foundation, it's preferable to get it six feet away, and you want to make sure the water is discharging down slope of the house."

Here are some other tips: 1. Put sand bags around window wells or basement steps to redirect that water flow away from the window well or away from the door entrance. 2. If you see new cracks developing in your walls or if you start to see walls bulging there might be a structural problem with the home and you should immediately get out of the house. 3. In preparation make sure all of your appliances are unplugged, make sure all of your walkways are clear of debris so that you don't have trip hazards. 4. Wait until the water starts to recede outside before starting to pump the water out of your basement.

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