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5 Ways You Can Help Prevent Basement Flooding This Spring

5 Ways You Can Help Prevent Basement Flooding This Spring

Spring…when the days are warmer, rainy days a little more frequent, and the snow begins to melt. To a basement waterproofer, all spring really means is more water. Spring can be a dangerous time of year for your basement. Too much water building up in the soil over a short period of time can result in water infiltrating into the basement. Here are 5 ways to help prevent basement flooding this spring.

Inspect the basement for problem areas

Check for cracks in the foundation. Look for water seepage coming up through the floor or seeping through the walls. Watch the cove, the place where the floor meets the foundation wall. This is a common place where water enters the basement. Check the window wells and egress doors. All these areas are easy access points for water and should be double checked. If you find you have a problem with water seepage call a waterproofing contractor to help correct the problem and find the real cause.

Fix gutters and downspouts

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Broken or clogged gutters and downspouts are one of the biggest problems when it comes to basement flooding. If the gutters and downspouts are not doing their job properly, they are dumping large amounts of water right next to the foundation wall. Water building up along the foundation wall will create hydrostatic pressure that will help push the water into the basement through foundation cracks, gaps or through the untreated concrete.

Regrade yard to slope away from the house

Another easily fixed issue when it comes to basement waterproofing and potential basement flooding is the landscaping around the foundation wall. Remember, water takes the path of least resistance. Water travels wherever gravity takes it. If your landscaping slopes toward your foundation wall them the water will follow the slope directly into your foundation wall. Not a good thing.

Bonus tip: If you still have snow, get it away from the foundation. Snow melt is a major culprit of spring time basement flooding.

Get a sump pump (If you have one, get it inspected.)

Sump pumps will help pull excess water from below the slab before it becomes a problem. They basically control and redirect the water outside the basement. If you already have a sump pump it is important to regularly check it. A professional can help you know if it is working properly. If the home comes with a sump pump, it is often a small sump pump with low capacity. The builder typically will not get the best quality pumps or even ones that will work to the capacity that is necessary. Therefore, it either will not work properly and your basement will still have water issues or it will fail altogether and you will need to buy a new one. When you are out sump pump shopping, you should consider a back-up system as well. There are several options available from water-powered to battery back-up systems. You need a back-up sump pump system to work if the power goes out or if the primary pump fails for any reason.

Get a waterproofing system

It is important to understand, a basement waterproofing system is the best flood prevention you can do. An exterior or interior basement waterproofing system will keep your basement dry and manage any influx of water that comes with the seasons. If you don’t have a waterproofing system in place (and most houses and not built with an effective one) call a basement waterproofing company to install one.