Ensuring A Vibrant Spring With Basement Waterproofing
As winter weather rolls in to Virginia, Maryland, and surrounding regions, most residents are concerned about staying warm and sheltered. Maintenance issues tend to be focused on heating bills and efficiency as well as clearing snow from structures for safety and for function. However, cold weather can have invisible impacts on the home, and these may only become noticeable after years of damages have been done.
The Brunt Of The Weather
In truth, many hazards of winter weather on the home may only become noticeable once the temperatures begin to rise. The most obvious issues can often come as the water table begins to rise with snow melt. At this point, homes that have been warm and cozy all through the winter can suddenly find excessive moisture in the basement and crawl spaces, or strange water marks showing through the drywall.
There are a number of reasons as to why this can happen, but at AA Action Waterproofing, we have also found that basement waterproofing is a positive way of minimizing these issues and of ensuring that the foundation and the structure of the home stays sound. This can address concerns that have come as a result of:
- Run-off and flooding streams
- Melting snow
- High groundwater
- Cold damage to pipes
Although homeowners may need to also repair things like burst pipes and attend to any cracks in the foundation, basement waterproofing can also help to contain these possible damages that might arise during seasonal changes.
Known And Unknown With Basement Waterproofing
For many of the problems that cold weather can cause, there are efforts that homeowners can make to ensure that the house is kept safe. When temperatures drop below freezing, it may be necessary to keep running water in the pipes in order to avert a burst. Greater insulation around water and return water pipes can also be helpful, as can a heat source, such as a 75 watt incandescent light in a pump house or in the basement. While these measures may seem minimal, they can still have a great effect on preventing basement flooding.
Exterior factors can often be more difficult to contend with, since there are frequently a greater number of variables involved. However, homeowners can prepare for the spring thaw by ensuring that gutters are clear, that run-off is directed away from the house, and that nearby stream banks are sufficiently shored to hold spill over.
Even in taking these types of precautions, it can still be necessary to start efforts within the home. This includes basement waterproofing or crawl space encapsulation, which can resist moisture coming in from the outdoors, but can also ensure that if an indoor flood happens, the water will not generate lasting damages in the home. Homeowners should consider contacting AA Action Waterproofing now, to make sure that spring is filled with a breath of fresh air.