Anyone who has had their basement flood can understand what a hassle it can be to resolve the issue. Fixing these problems is a time consuming and expensive process: whether it’s a completely flooded basement or water seeping through your walls. Unfortunately, there is no way to guarantee that your basement will never flood, but here are some proactive steps you can take to prevent things from getting out of hand.
Keep up on gutter maintenance:
Although this task may seem tedious, it’s essential in avoiding any type of water damage. The safest way to ensure this is done properly is to have it taken care of by a professional. It is relatively inexpensive and will save you the trouble (and possible hazard) of going up on your roof. Once the gutters are clean, make sure downspouts are properly installed (the rule of thumb is for a three-foot extension, ideally directed toward the street) to keep water moving away from your house.
Check for points of entry:
One of the easiest ways for water to make its way from the outside to the inside is through cracks in the exterior of your home’s foundation. Similarly, if you find parts of your basement wall or floor with cracks in it, this may be an early sign of water damage and certainly poses a threat for water damage in the future. Fill any cracks with epoxy; this is the best way to prevent these cracks from giving you problems in the future. Another common way water can make its way in is through basement windows. By covering and securely fastening these windows, you’ll eliminate a point of entry for water to get through.
Take care of your sump pump:
A sump pump is an amazing way to help your home avoid mold, water damage, and flooding. Always make sure your sump pump is working properly before a big storm hits so you’re not left stranded when the weather finally turns. To get the most out of your sump pump, invest in a generator. This will allow your sump pump to have something to run on to prevent water damage from occurring during a power outage.
The threat of flooding in your basement is something that comes along with being a homeowner. Luckily, there are some easy ways to be proactive when it comes to preventing any damage.
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