We recently had a small flooding in our finished basement that was caused by the floor drain backing up. Of course, this floor drain was covered by padding and carpet. I am in process of laying down new padding and the carpet and was wondering if this is a safe practice to cover floor drains in the basement? I prefer to cut and opening in the carpet and put the drain cover over it for the sake of being able to have access to the floor drain to clean out or just keep an eye on. Your thoughts?