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How to Deal With Basement Flooding

With snow, sleet, and slush blanketing the state, many homes are already experiencing flooding and leaking problems, especially in the basement.

New Jersey Basement Flooding

To avoid basement flooding, along with safety tips for how to deal with flooding, follow these steps: 

1. Extend your downspouts away from the house by attaching the black, corrugated plastic pipe that you can get at any home improvement store. The pipes should extend at least 10 feet away from your house or any other structures.

2. Be especially mindful of places where two walls intersect, creating an inside corner (such as the place where your chimney meets your house at ground level). These spots are notorious for erosion.

3. If you have a sump pump, make sure it’s working by opening the cover and pulling up on the float. You should hear the motor running. If it doesn’t run, make sure it’s plugged in to an outlet and check your circuit breakers. If it still doesn’t work, have it replaced immediately. Contact Gold Medal Service for Sump Pump Repair, Replacement, and Installation.

4. Make sure the sump pump discharge pipe exiting your house is extended far away from your foundation walls to avoid having that same water infiltrate back into your foundation drainage system. You can use the same type of plastic pipe that you used to extend your downspouts.

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5. Buy a backup power source for your sump pump ASAP. If you lose electricity in storm, you can still keep the water from rising up through the foundation of your house. Whether it’s a storm, hurricane, or other natural disasters, a backup generator will help keep your routine as normal as possible.

Find out how generators work here!

6. If you have outside steps leading down to a basement, make sure the drain at the base of the steps is free and clear of debris. Often, the drain can be  small and easily clogged.

7. Know the difference. A flood watch means there is a possibility of flooding. A flood warning means flooding is already in effect or will be in effect soon.

8. Do not handle any electrical equipment while near water or moisture.

9. Keep far away from fallen power lines. The surrounding ground, up to 40 feet away, can be energized.

10. Basement flooding is a great time to inspect your home for leaks, since where there is water, there is sure to be a leak. Take the time to go around your home and check for areas that are leaking. Once your home is completely dry, make sure you service any leaks and damaged equipment as soon as possible.

Tips via The Washington Post.

Have more questions? Check out our Generator FAQ page!


For all of your New Jersey plumbing needs, call Gold Medal Service for efficient and effective repairs and installations. We can recommend more ways to save water in your home through energy-efficient products, services, and practices. Call us for more information about tankless and hybrid water heaters, low-flow plumbing fixtures, and water softeners/filters.
To schedule plumbing or heating maintenance, contact the professionals at Gold Medal Service. We’ll be there with our same day service guarantee to assess and fix your problem.
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