With spring comes the rain. While that may be a good thing for your yard, it may be bad for your basement. Spring means the return of severe weather, and if you are not prepared, it could spell disaster for your basement. Here are a few things to check before the spring showers come:
Check your gutters
Sometimes, the health of your basement depends on the health of your roof, more specifically, your gutters. Inspect your gutters to ensure they are all intact and unclogged. No doubt you did this in the fall but it never hurts to double check. Redirecting water away from your foundation is the name of the game.
Make sure downspouts are attached and directing water away from your house
The same idea applies to your downspout as it does to your gutters. Make sure water is being directed away from your house. Allowing water to pool near your foundation will break down your foundation, and the water will find the smallest of cracks to seep through.
Test your sump pump
We have talked before on this blog about how to test your sump pump and how to maintain it. Now is the time to put that to practice. During a storm is not when you want to find out that your sump pump isn’t working. Test it now and beat the rush if you do need it repaired.
Check your basement for any cracks
Now that the soil is thawing it will start to shift a bit. Inspect your basement for any new cracks that may have formed, or check on any existing cracks and make sure they are not getting bigger or expanding.
Spring does not have to be stressful for homeowners, and with a quick check you can ensure your basement stays dry. If you notice any issues with your basement, or if your basement has had flooding issues in the past, call us today for your free estimate.