Top Four Ways To Prevent Basement Leaks
Thanks to its location so close to Washington DC, Maryland is home to some of the country’s greatest minds. And because it’s situated on the Eastern Coast, it’s also right in the path of numerous storms and rains – especially during the summer months when storms move up the coast from out of the Atlantic Ocean. Keeping your home dry against the frequent barrage of rain is important, and that means protecting your basement as well.
Luckily, remembering a few simple tips for preventing basement leaks is all it takes to keep your home’s crawlspace or basement area dry. Preventing leaks is far more affordable and less of a hassle than dealing with a flooded basement, so it’s important to take steps to avoid this issue.
Here are the things you need to keep in mind:
• Grade Your Property Properly – The slope of your property is one of the biggest factors in basement leaks. Be sure it’s sloped away from the home instead of towards it, or you could be sending huge amounts of water directly towards your basement.
• Add French Drains – French drains are one of the most effective ways to prevent water from flooding your basement. If you’re having major problems with water, they could help. Adding sump pumps may be required as well, and could assist even more.
• Look At Your Gutters – Does your gutter downspout stop a few inches from the basement foundation? If so, extend it out from the home further. If you spot any leaks in the gutter or its downspout, repair them as well. Faulty gutters are often overlooked as a key source of basement leaks.
• Waterproof the Foundation – Finally, let the pros waterproof the basement for you. Numerous techniques can be used to help seal your basement and keep water where it belongs – outside the home.
These simple tips can make a huge difference in keeping your home’s basement dry. Remember them and you’ll have no trouble when the wet season rolls around.
If you need help with waterproofing, AA Action Waterproofing can help. We offer a full range of services and will be happy to assist you in sealing your basement. Contact us today.