The rainy season has returned in force, with Halloween weekend breaking a Seattle record for rainfall - almost an inch and a half, shattering 1990's previous record of 1.04 inches on the same date. While the Seattle area's water drainage system has been designed to hold and carry water during storms to offset the chances of flooding, it can - and does - get overwhelmed during severe storms. However, there are a few ways homeowners can prevent flooding in their basements and low-lying areas of their property during intense rainfall.
1. Clear Your Drains
We can't emphasize this enough: when your drains are clogged or backed up, there's no place for water to go. It's obvious, but it's no more true today than it was in the days of Ancient Rome and their now antiquated sewer systems. While it's another matter when the sewer drains on your street are flooded and keeping water above ground level, you can offset your chances of water entering your home by ensuring your drains are clear. If you have a sump pump installed, make sure it's in working condition and its discharge pipe is well away from your home's foundation.
2. Clean Your Gutters
Cleaning your gutters will prevent water from pooling onto your roof and pulling away at your roof's fascia. It will also keep water from flooding around the edges of your home and seeping into your foundation. For added protection against flooding, extend your downspouts so incoming water can accumulate further away from your home.
3. Purchase a Rain Barrel
Not only is a rain barrel good for the environment and your water bill, it can divert excess water to a sealed location on your property for later use. The City of Seattle offers rain barrels to homeowners at a subsidized cost and has a comprehensive guide to rainwater collection - you can find it here.
If your drain or sewer isn't up to snuff and your feet are a little too wet for your liking, contact Pioneer Plumbing and Heating today. Our licensed and bonded plumbing professionals can clear blockages in your drainage systems that can prevent proper distribution of water and cause thousands of dollars in damages. Give us a call today or use the contact form to make an appointment.
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