Causes Of Summertime Leaks In Your Home
Summertime is intended to be a time of relaxation and enjoyment, but nothing is less enjoyable than discovering you’ve got a leaky basement. In Maryland, we experience particularly humid and hot summers, which are conducive to moisture gathering in spaces that we wouldn’t expect, including the basement area. There are a few common reasons that you will get leaks in your home during the summer, but the better you understand them the easier it can be to prevent the issues.
If there are any pipes that you weren’t using during the winter, you may not have noticed that they got cracks in them from freezing water. But once it’s nice and warm out, you’re suddenly noticing mysterious pools of water or condensation forming downstairs. It’s always a good idea to do a seasonal, if not monthly, check of all your basement pipes. Because it’s always much easier and cheaper to prepare rather than repair, this will keep you informed on what’s best for the pipes in your home. If you haven’t already, you may want to consider insulating the pipes in some way to keep them warmer during colder months.
Obviously, summer rainstorms on an already high water table mean the potential for more water to enter your home’s foundation. There is really no perfect or best time to waterproof your basement—we’d simply recommend sooner rather than later—but if your basement is already wet from a rain it’s not possible to waterproof it at that exact time. To really prevent heavy rains from affecting your basement and the belongings that are in it, look into hiring a professional waterproofer like AA Action Waterproofing.
Humidity is much sneakier than the heavy rains. While we panic at the thought of heavy rains, picturing massive flooding in our basement, we don’t often consider humidity to be much of a culprit. But during hot and humid months, humidity can enter the home. A little bit by itself may not do much damage, but it can accumulate and cause bigger issues, like situating itself on the walls and creating mold or weakening your home’s structural integrity. By caulking your windows and creating a more airtight seal, you’ll be able to more successfully keep humidity out.
To prevent summertime leaks in your basement, get your free basement waterproofing quote from AA Action Waterproofing today.