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Tips For Preventing Basement Flooding
Basement Flooding Prevention
Here are some helpful tips and information to help prevent basement flooding. The table on the right will let you know whether a permit is required or not.
Helpful Tips
Permit Required
Make sure gutters and downspouts are clean and clear of obstruction. Downspouts should direct water at least six feet away from the foundation.
No permit is required
Make sure the grade slopes away from the foundation. Land tends to settle over time and may slope inward toward the house. It is a good idea to check lot grading annually.
A permit may be required depending on how much regrading is required. Please check with the Building and Zoning Department prior to re-grading
Trim dense shrubs and plants next to the foundation so the soil is exposed to sunlight and is allowed to dry as quickly as possible.
No permit is required
Make sure garden borders, debris, or mulch do not create a condition that holds surface water up next to the foundation. No permit is required
Install clear plastic domes over window wells. No permit is required
Make sure the sump pump is plugged in and working. It is a good idea to have a battery backup in case of a power failure.
Permit is required for installing a sump pump
Make sure interior drains are clear. 
No permit is required
Hire a licensed plumber to install a backwater valve or check valve to sanitary sewer line. A permit is required