Waterproofing The Man Cave
They say that when it rains, it pours and residents of Maryland are certainly no stranger to that epitaph. As rains and storms have worked their way across the country in recent days, residents face heavy rain and tides that are higher than usual, resulting in coastal flooding. For this reason, some of us might be in trouble when it comes to our basements, or our man cave.
Ready For The Game?
If you’ve already taken the time and invested your energy into waterproofing your basement, you’re probably kicking back and relaxing, getting ready to watch the Ravens take on the Rams this weekend in your below-ground, personal stadium. But if you haven’t even thought about waterproofing, you might want to start before the next round of storms cause your basement walls to weep – and not over the 2 and 7 record that the Ravens hold, either. Weeping walls mean trouble.
Coming On Down
When water finds its way into your home, it’s often going to show up in the basement. Though there are many reasons why your basement could leak, one reason could be runoff from heavy rains. When rainwater is not directed away from your home, it’s going to do it’s best to come toward it. Ground that is level or not sloped away from the house invites water to invade and explore cracks in the walls and floors of your home.
Defense Hut Hut!
Your best defense against runoff is to make sure that the ground outside your home slopes away from the residence at least 1 inch vertically for every 12 inches of horizontal travel. Check your downspouts to be sure that they are flowing freely and that they are not leaking or collecting near the foundation.
Once these things are remedied, be sure to check your walls and foundation for any cracks that can give the water a place to run. Cracks must be patched and repaired promptly to avoid any more leakage. If you find yourself in need of this type of repair, give us a call at AA Action Waterproofing. We have over 27 years’ experience in dealing with all of the trouble that heavy rains and coastal flooding can cause to Maryland residents and we can help you get control of your wet basement before it gets control of you. After all, the best defense is a good offense.
Hey, maybe we should talk to the Ravens about that one?