We are officially in the beginning of Spring, and you know what that means — April showers brings May flowers.
But April showers can also bring a wet basement, cracks in a home’s foundation, and basement water leaks. Do you live in an environment where your home is prone to flooding? Well to prevent those expensive foundation repairs, here are some home waterproofing tips and tricks that will prevent a flood from taking over this springtime.
Prevention is key
You don’t want to have to scramble for basement water proofing solutions if your basement is already wet, do you? This is why prevention is key, so make sure you have a consistent maintenance schedule in place before the rain has an excuse to wreak havoc. Some preventative measures include:
- Making sure your landscaping is sloping away from the home. As a general rule, the soil around home foundations should slope at least six inches for every 10 horizontal feet to ensure the water doesn’t enter the food.
- Clean out your gutters at least once a month.
- Your gutters can twist and turn in high winds, so after any big storm make sure to adjust them so the downspouts are pointing away from the home.
- If you have a sump pump, create a family plan that will has everyone taking turns hauling water in case you lose power.
Take a good look
The next time it rains, grab an umbrella and head outside. You will want to look for any water pooling next to your home, or if any surface water is being directed towards your foundation. If this is the case, you may have to contact a landscaper to see if there are options for re-directing this surface water.
Find the root of the problem
Generally speaking, a flooded basement has more than six inches of standing water in it. Other times, homeowners experience seepage from small cracks or holes in the foundation walls. Seepage is typically characterized by tiny puddles and rivulets, not large amounts of standing water. It is important to remember that flooding and seepage are not interchangeable, so once you have figured out the cause of the problem, then you will be able to find the best basement water proofing solutions for your specific issue.
Have excess water in your basement? Call our professionals today and we’ll get your home nice and dry.