As much as we may not like it, winter is coming. In Illinois, the threats of snow, sleet, and icicles are becoming more real. We all enjoy staying warm and dry — especially in the winter — so it’s important your home waterproofing is up to par to keep those leaks and wet basements away for the upcoming cold season.
Of all homes with basements, over 98% will experience some type of water damage. Keep the water outside where it belongs with these winter home waterproofing tips.
Seal the cracks
Basement cracks and leaks are one of the biggest culprits of water intrusion in a home. The first thing any homeowner should do is thoroughly inspect the basement for any existing water damage before it snows, taking the necessary steps to seal them afterward. You’ll want to look for sagging, discoloration, or wetness, as these are clues that cracks are bringing in moisture from the outside. Not only is this water intrusion a hassle, it can do serious damage to the structural integrity of your home. If this is the case, make sure to contact a professional basement crack repair service so the cracks will get sealed properly and stay that way.
Fix or replace your gutters
It is icicle season, and you will need strong gutters to handle the weight of the snow and ice that is bound to come. Strong gutters are important because they will prevent water from entering your walls or pooling around your foundation. Plus, they can stop snow from accumulating near your pipes. When you check out your gutters, look for any obstructions that stop the flow of water and make sure the downspouts are pointed away from the home.
Pay attention to your pipes
A frozen pipe is more susceptible to cracks that can lead to devastation in your home. To prevent frozen pipes, it is important to check the insulation in your home, wrap the pipes in heat cables or tape, and go to lengths to close off the windows and doors around them so the pipes aren’t exposed to cold air. It is also a good idea to let warm water drip from your faucet periodically to keep your pipes from freezing on especially cold nights.
Looking forward to a toasty home this winter? Make sure you call our home waterproofing professionals at The Real Seal LLC, for the basement waterproofing Chicago residents rely on during the winter!