Spring and summer may be associated with thoughts of warmer weather and blooming flowers, but many homeowners think about the heavy rains and severe weather that could result in basement flooding. Cleanup and repair costs following basement flooding can be significant which is why it’s important to take precautions towards protecting your property.
Below are some tips for keeping your basement dry this spring:
Cracks in the Foundation
A sure sign of basement flooding is cracks in your foundation. Stay on the lookout for cracks at all times, and be sure to repair them with epoxy putty as soon as possible. Smaller cracks that are left untreated can grow and may need to be treated by an experienced professional.
Steep lot grades may cause water runoff to collect near your home’s foundation before leaking into your basement. Consult a landscaper on strategies for deflecting water away from your home. The addition of trees, shrubs, or a garden can also go along way towards capturing stormwater.
Check Gutters and Downspouts
Downspouts should expel water three to six feet away from your foundation. If water is ponding around your property, consider downspout extensions to push rainwater further out into your yard. It’s also important to ensure gutters are free of debris to prevent overflow.
Check Valves and Sump Pumps
If your property is prone to sewer problems, consider investing in a sewer check valve which is placed on sewer pipes and stops sewage from backing up into your basement. Also consider a sump pump, which is placed in a basin that collects water before it enters your basement. The pump then works to expel water away from your home. Ask a professional to help you evaluate your needs.
Cover Your Window Wells
During heavy rainfall, window wells left uncovered can be an open invitation for water to enter your basement. Make sure all wells are covered and windows are shut and sealed.
If you’re experiencing basement flooding in the Martin County, Palm Beach County, or Indian River County areas, contact NisAir Air Conditioning and Heating for more information today.