With spring in full swing and flooding all over the news, now seems like the perfect time to share ways to keep water out of your basements. There are many ways water gets into basements and following these tips will limit your risk.
Evaluate the perimeter of your house. At times, backfilled dirt around foundations can settle causing a way for water to make its way down to the foundation and enter basements. Adding enough dirt to slope this water away from the foundation can do the trick.
Check your gutters and downspouts. This sounds like a basic task, but many home owners never check their gutters for blockage. This should be done at least yearly. In regards to downspouts, make sure they extend at least 5 feet from the foundation so water does not channel down to the foundation.
Shrubs and plants too close to the foundation. Make sure plants are at least a foot away from the foundation. Anything closer can create a path for water to make its way down to your foundation caused by rotted roots.
Minor cracks and leaks. Try products like Drylok or Xypex. Drylok is a waterproofer that expands and becomes part of the wall as it dries. Xypex is a waterproofing substance that lays on the surface with bonds and creates a barrier. Both products can be very helpful for minor cracks and leaks.
Sump pumps are a great investment! If your home doesn’t have a sump pump, it may be wise to invest in one. Once you have that sump pump, make sure to check the float and pump at least once a year to make sure it is in good working order.
I hope you found these items helpful and may your basement stay dry all year long!
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