There is nothing in nature as soft as water, yet there are also very few things that are as damaging. While we certainly cannot live without it, nothing causes as much damage to a home as unwanted water. If you have a home with a basement, no doubt you are well-acquainted with this conundrum. The following are some tried-and-true methods of keeping unwanted water out of your basement:
The most important thing homeowners can do to prevent damage to their homes is to install rain gutters. Ensure your gutters also have guards and a downspout draining at least five feet away from your foundation. Clogged gutters cause rainwater to drain directly into your foundation. If you have a lot of trees on your property, this can become arduous and repetitive which is where the guards come in.
2. French Drains
These drains consist of underground channels, which are covered with a grate. The channels divert water away from a building’s foundation and the grate prevents debris from clogging the drain. This system is especially useful where there is solid concrete next to the foundation such as a driveway or patio.
3. Waterproof Your Basement
As buildings settle, they shift causing minor cracks to walls or foundations. These cracks and gaps must be sealed using a polyurethane caulk or hydraulic cement.
4. Sump Pump
When water levels in the basement rise, it’s critical that it be removed quickly. A sump pump will automatically pump the accumulated water to the outside where it will either soak into the ground or drain away from the house.
5. Window Well Covers
Window covers will keep snow and ice from pooling in basement window wells and foundation.
While these methods are great for keeping water out of your basement, sometimes water damage is unavoidable. When water damage has occurred and restoration is needed, contact us for safe, quick and excellent repairs.