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Last May was one for the record books, when severe storms slammed the Front Range, bringing snow, hail, tornado warnings and heavy spring rains. More than eight inches of rain fell, making for the wettest single month ever recorded in Colorado Springs.

Those who suffered landslides, sink holes and flooding in their basements won’t soon forget this experience. Yet, despite 2015’s unrelenting rainfall, many Front Range homeowners remain unprepared to deal with the consequences of outsize storms.

“We had an unprecedented amount of rain last year and chances are high we’ll be hit hard again this year,” says Dave Correa, supervisor at Peak Structural, a waterproofing and foundation repair contractor in Palmer Lake, Colorado.

Basement flooding is a problem that does not go away on its own, he points out. “Once water finds its way into a basement or crawlspace, it creates a path that excess water can follow for years to come,” says Correa. “Unless you take steps to address the problem, you’ll be stuck battling the rainfall, and fearing the nightly weather report, year after year.”

So, what is the secret to salvaging a basement or crawlspace that takes on water when it rains: better protection inside the house.

1. Trap and divert water inside the house
Correa is a fan of the patented interior drain system WaterGuard. Unlike old-fashioned drain-tile systems installed on the outside of a home, WaterGuard is installed just underneath the perimeter of the basement floor along the foundation wall. It captures wall and floor seepage and diverts water to a sump pump for immediate expulsion where it belongs: outside.

The system is covered with a layer of concrete, so the homeowner won’t even know it’s there. But the job it performs is essential for maintaining the integrity of the home’s foundation.

“This drainage system is tough. It won’t kink or clog like standard plastic drain tile, and it prevents water buildup that can accumulate around the foundation and cause cracks,” says Correa.

2. Supersize your power to expel water from your house

Many homeowners take a “one pump fits all” approach to dealing with basement floods, settling for a standard sump pump available at a local big box store.

Peak Structural prefers a powerful, linked system of three sump pumps in the basin designed to adjust to heavier amounts of rainfall and to withstand power failures common in big storms. This system is known as the patented Triplesafe.

The first pump in the TripleSafe system can handle up to 2,600 gallons of water an hour, or the amount likely to fall during a light or moderate rain shower. A second pump kicks in when the rainfall strengthens, more than doubling the system’s pumping capacity.

Finally, a third pump that operates on a battery charge is always at the ready. If a lightning strike or heavy wind takes out the power supply, the third pump can handle up to 11,000 gallons of water, coming to the rescue when conventional sump pumps have been rendered useless.

“This triple-strong line of defense provides peace of mind that an ordinary sump pump can’t match,” says Correa. “It’s super-strong protection against basement flooding.”

Are you ready for the rains? Stop worrying when the weather report calls for heavy rain. Contact Peak Structural and ask for a free estimate to learn more about these powerful and permanent solutions for waterproofing your home.

Make water in your basement of thing of the past. Call today.

This article was produced for and sponsored by Peak Structural. It is not a product of or affiliated with KOAA News 5.

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    Funny thing: once rain gets in a basement, it finds its way back. Are you ready for this year’s outsized storms? How to Keep Rain Out of Your Basement       How to Keep Rain Out of Your Basement   Last May was one for the record books, when severe storms slammed the Front Range, bringing snow, hail, tornado warnings and heavy spring rains. More than eight inches of rain fell, making for the wettest single month ever recorded in Colorado Springs. ...

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