Preventing Basement Flooding In A Few Simple Steps
Thanks to Mother Nature and the ferocity of the 2014 polar vortex, those in the northeast region have gotten to experience an incredibly wild winter. And it isn’t over yet – we’re still months away from spring. From Virginia to Delaware, DC to New Jersey, people have taken the time to keep their homes a little warmer and their families safe from the elements. There’s one thing you may not be considering, however – your basement.
At AA Action Waterproofing, we understand that there are lots of other issues to deal with. But it’s important to avoid basement flooding this winter, especially when you consider the damage that flooded basements can cause. Issues can include:
• Water removal services
• Mold remediation
• Water damage repair
• Foundation repair
• And more
And those issues can all lead to health problems, serious stress, and a lot of money out of your pocket. Preventing flooded basements is an easier option, and there are a few things you can do to prevent them. Some of the following tips you can handle on your own, while others will need to be handled by professionals. But all of them can help you keep your home’s basement or crawlspace dry this winter and prevent a nasty surprise from happening to you.
• Insulate Your Pipes – Water pipes can freeze in cold temperatures, and while it’s likely that your basement is heated in some capacity, a power outage or other problem could cause the temperature to drop, leading to burst pipes.
• Waterproof the Foundation – Even hairline cracks can become major issues in the winter, and it’s important that you take the time to waterproof your foundation completely. This way, the water won’t get in at all.
• Inspect – Or let someone experienced do a basic inspection for you. Looking for areas that may be leaking and making sure your waterproofing is in good shape will help you keep your basement dry. Everything from settling to freezing and more could cause an issue, so regular inspections are a good idea.
• Repair – Sometimes, a repair is what will be needed. While preventative steps will help ward off costly repairs, sometimes just a minor repair can be enough to improve your foundation and keep your basement dry.
We’re ready to help you make sure your basement stays as dry as possible. Contact us at AA Action Waterproofing today to make sure a flooded basement doesn’t happen to you and your family.