If you fail to prepare, then prepare to fail. This is true in most aspects of life, and is definitely true when it comes to the health of your home. With the severe weather season upon us, there are a few simple things you can do to make sure your home is ready for whatever mother nature throws at you. You do not want to be drying out your basement wondering what you could have done to prevent it. Luckily, we are here with a few helpful tips to keep your basement dry this spring.
- Clean your gutters
In the event of a large storm, directing water away from your home is paramount. You do not want to allow water to pool around your foundation, which can happen quickly in a major storm. Remove any leaves or debris from your gutters to ensure that water will drain properly and not flow over the edge and pool around your house.
- Foundation cracks
If you have noticed any cracks in your foundation, get them fixed before severe weather season. The cracks in your foundation are a weak point and will allow water to leak through more easily and will just compound the problem. It is a lot easier to fix some cracks than it is to replace your foundation.
- Check around windows
Window wells and basement windows can be a key spot where water will leak through. Check the edges of the window to make sure there are no cracks in the wall next to the window. Window wells can also cause water to pool and put stress on your walls.
- Check your sump pump
This has a been a common point throughout most of our articles. Stay up on your sump pump maintenance. Dump a few buckets of water into the sump to make sure the drain activates and removes the water quickly, also, remove any debris or dirt in the sump pump as that may affect performance.
With just a few simple steps, you can ensure your basement is ready for the stormy season. If you have noticed any issues with your foundation, or want to ensure your basement is ready for the rainy season, give us a call for a free estimate.