Just because it hasn’t rained lately doesn’t mean your basement water troubles are over.
In response to June’s wet weather, Westlake City Engineer Bob Kelly has updated his excellent Flood Mitigation Brochure. He also presented a plan on drainage issues to Westlake City Council in July.
Basement flooding, says Kelly, is unacceptable. If proper mitigation techniques are utilized, your basement should be dry no matter what happens on the city side of the problem. The key is in finding out how water infiltration is occurring and to use proper techniques for mitigation.
Kelly also said that if you contract for a water mitigation plan privately, it is wise to have it verified by a second expert opinion before spending a lot of money.
Flood proofing is complex. To start, verify that all your exterior plumbing is in good working order. It is possible to flood your basement from water from your own yard due to blocked foundation drains. Downspout leaders and storm connectors must be clear to maintain positive drainage away from your house. Have adequate pumping capacity from a sump pump.
In Westlake, Kelly is also looking at retention basin expansion and installations in certain flood-prone areas. He has also implemented an aggressive drainage and ditch clean out program.
Education is key to proper flood mitigation. Using proper technique is critical. Westlake has professional experts on staff to make sure you spend your hard earned money wisely, and other cities are adopting Westlake’s policy on education as the first line of flood defense.
Read the Westlake Flood Study here: www.cityofwestlake.org/pdfs/EngineeringProjects/20150714_SANCommittee.pdf