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Posted on: January 15, 2023

Tips to Prevent Basement Flooding

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Some residents in Draper City have experienced flooding in their basements with the heavier amount of precipitation we have received this winter. Here are some tips from Draper City Public Works to help prevent basement flooding.  

  • Make sure the ground around your home slopes away from your house (at least 6 inches over the first 10 feet).
  • Inspect your rain gutters and downspouts regularly. Keep gutters free of debris and position downspouts away from the foundation. Consider running gutter extensions to direct water further away from your home.
  • For homes with an automatic sump pump:
    1. Make sure the pump is working properly and the sump is free of debris.
    2. Make sure the outlet to the pump drains away from the house or into a properly functioning drain that will direct the water away from the house. 
    3. Consider installing a backup pump, should the first pump become inoperable.
  • If your home has an interior or exterior drainage system to protect your home against high groundwater, make sure everything in the system is operable and in good working condition. Make sure there are no clogs or breaks in the drain pipes that lead from your home to a free flowing outlet point. This may require regular inspections and maintenance on pipes that are not on your property.
    • Consider adding a redundant system that can protect your home if the first system fails.
  • If your home is in an area with high ground water potential, consider the following:
    • Consult a professional who can help you to design and construction an interior or exterior drainage system, including an automatic sump pump with backup power.

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