So, you’ve visited the basement of your Cincinnati, OH, home and you found some water lying around.
Everything points to a faulty or nonexistent interior drainage system. This is not uncommon, especially during rainy spring and summer seasons. When these systems are not present or fail, they can quickly turn your basement into a waterpark. A myriad of problems will follow from mold to musty smells. Your number one priority should be to check your drainage system to ensure its functionality or have a reliable system installed in your basement as soon as possible.
In this post, we’ll look at signs that you have obstructed interior drainage and how you can unblock yours.
How will you know you are dealing with interior drainage issues like a backup? Keep an eye out for some of these signs:
When the interior drain gets clogged, you have no option but to clean it up. Using a snake or auger is a fairly straightforward DIY process, but it’s not one we recommend for every interior drainage system.
Especially if you have had the BasementGutter™ system installed in your basement’s sub-floor, you do not want to attempt this on your own, as the process could damage the drainage channel and affect your warranty.
The best thing to do if you notice there’s something wrong with your drainage is to contact the contractor who installed the system. The experts at Ohio Basement Authority can not only install this trusted system, but we can help you properly maintain it. You can opt into an annual maintenance plan, and one of our highly trained service technicians will be able to help inspect and unclog any blockages.
Here are additional ways to protect your basement.
1) Shun generic systems – Avoid drains and systems that feel and look cheap, as you’ll be setting up the stage for future backups. Look for clog-free models that are also less invasive than the conventional designs. Again, we recommend the BasementGutter™ system. This system sits in a trench of gravel, and it is designed to not clog like conventional pipes.
2) Fill gaps on the subfloor – The traditional basement drain involves excavating the basement floor and laying the drainpipes before restoring the concrete and covering it with a board. The problem with this approach is that it creates a significant gap along your basement floor.
3) Install FreezeGuard™ – When winter arrives, the exterior drains can get compromised. Freezing water will obstruct water flow and this can impede the sump pump. You can avoid the frustrations associated with backup by installing the specialized FreezeGuard™ attachment – a perforated pipe – at the lower section of the exterior discharge line. This way, water gets to flow outside.
If you don’t have the right tools or don’t want to muck around the drainage, get in touch with your basement waterproofing contractor serving Cincinnati, OH. Along with tending to your interior drainage, these experts, such as the team at Ohio Basement Authority, can also recommend additional measures and solutions to dry out the basement and keep it safe and healthy.
Don’t let a clogged drain cause your sleepless nights. Contact Ohio Basement Authority for a free basement drainage inspection and quote, and discover what ails your basement and the best fix.