How to Keep Water Out of Your Basement
If only April showers could draw the line at bringing May flowers. But no, they have to go make things nice and messy for many an area homeowner with flooded basements, garages, and who knows what else?!
If this sounds eerily familiar to you, then perhaps one or more of the following conditions is at work on your property:
- Poor Grading – If the ground around your home is either flat or slopes toward your home, water can pool up near the foundation and eventually make its way indoors.
- Clogged Gutters – If water can’t flow freely through your gutters and out your downspouts, it has to go somewhere. And that somewhere could easily be around your foundation.
- Missing or Short Downspouts – Downspouts can’t effectively do their job if they’re clogged, leaking, or too short. To play it safe, extend all your downspouts at least six feet away from the foundation.
- Missing or Damaged Flashing – Flashing is a thin, water-resistant material that is installed where two different surfaces meet, such as around windows and doors, at intersecting points in the roof, and over the foundation. If it’s missing or damaged, water can penetrate your home’s interior.
As a home owner, you can help your cause by practicing these preventative maintenance steps:
- Clean your gutters at least once each season or more often if you have an abundance of mature trees on your property.
- Keep your eyes – and nose – open for signs of moisture or mold in your attic or basement.
- Routinely inspect your foundation for cracks and have them sealed to prevent water penetration.
- Install window well covers over basement windows to keep rain water out.
And then there’s that wonderful home plumbing device called the sump pump to rid your basement of water when all else fails. For an added measure of protection, consider bolstering your defenses with a water-powered back-up sump pump, one that will engage automatically if your main sump pump fails for any reason, including the loss of electricity. For more information or free quote, contact Arnold & Sons Plumbing today.