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Fri Dec 14, 2012
Jon Nichols answered:
Any home can flood. The real question is which ones are less likely to flood, and what can you do to keep them from flooding.

Topography: You do not want a house that is at the bottom of a hill. You always want to see a place where the water can go other than in your basement. Don't forget your basement is built pretty much the same way you build a swimming pool. Make sure that the grading is as such that the water runs away from your home.

Gutters: Make sure that the gutters are clean and the downspouts are connected. There should be extensions at the base of the downspouts or a french drain system. Don't let the water pour right back into the home.

Sump pump: Contrary to many people, I like sump pumps. Do you buy a car without windshield wipers because you HOPE it is not going to rain? If you have a high water table and even if you don't, a sump pump can really help. Again, make sure that the pipe exits away from the foundation. BTW, it is illegal to put your sump pump into the sewer system.
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