WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – While some people across southcentral Kansas saw extreme flooding over the last week, others experienced the storms in smaller doses with some minor basement flooding.
KSN wanted to find out what you can do to prevent water leaking into your basement and how to minimize damage if it’s too late.
The key is to divert any water away from your home, and while that may sound obvious, it’s an issue a lot of people struggle with.
You can start outside your home by extending rain gutter down spouts away from the house itself.
Next, make sure the grade of your yard surfaces slope away from your home, creating a natural flow downhill.
You can also clear your gutters of leaves and other debris that may block water from flowing through.
Finally, install a sump pump and even potentially a back-up sump pump if needed.
To learn more, KSN spoke with Danny Morrow, owner of Kansas Basement and Foundation Repair.
He says you should also avoid landscape edging too close to the side of the house because that allows water to pool right along the walls, potentially causing a leak.
Morrow says the main cause of sump pump failure that his company has experienced is actually due to human error.
He says often times when they arrive at the home, the sump pump is either unplugged or it’s the incorrect size.
If you’re looking for ways to improve the waterproof quality of your home, go ahead and walk the perimeter during or after a storm to see where water might be pooling.
If you notice a lot of pooling near the sides of your home, it may be time for some new landscaping.
But sometimes even when you’ve done as much waterproofing as you can, extreme weather can still cause problems.
Morrow says there’s few options you can try on your own if your basement floods, but you can start by trying a shop vac to suck up as much as possible.
If the flooding is too extreme, it’s time to call in some help.
According to the company’s website, calling an expert can help you recover damaged items, give advice, keep bacteria and electrical hazards out of your home, and protect the foundation walls.
Morrow says it’s better to call early than to wait for disaster to hit.
“From our standpoint, if they see they have a leak, they can call when it’s not so wet because we get so… Right now we’re seeing people well into October,” Morrow said. “Our salesmen are working long hours and not being able to get everything done. When weather extremes occur we just get really busy.