Top Tips To Help Prevent Basement Flooding
Homeowners need to pay attention to all of their home, from top to bottom. That includes spending some time looking at their basements, and keeping a basement dry is an absolute must for anyone who owns their home. After all, flooding basements or even just moderate amounts of moisture in a basement can lead to mold growth, rot, damaged belongings, poor air quality, and much more. And considering that Maryland gets significant rainfall every spring – as much as 4 inches per month on average – it becomes clear that basement flooding is something you need to take seriously.
Here at AA Action Waterproofing, we think it’s vital that you understand that preventing flooding is much better than waiting for an issue to arise and then dealing with it. Instead of paying more for repairs and mold remediation, a small investment of time, money, and energy can help ward off major issues. Here are some tips to help you prevent basement flooding.
- Consider Slope – For starters, take a look at just how much moisture is heading towards your basement. The slope and grade of your property could have a direct impact on your basement’s ability to shed water. If the ground is improperly sloped it can lead to more water being channeled towards a home, which in turn can be more difficult for a basement to keep out. In other words, make sure your ground is sloped properly.
- Check Drainage Issues – French drains and other types of drainage solutions are important as well. Making sure they’re located in the right areas and that all drains are cleaned and working properly will help ensure that water stays out of the areas it isn’t supposed to be in.
- Inspect Basement Walls For Cracks – Even tiny hairline cracks can allow moisture into a home, and if you spot them in the basement wall it’s important that you take steps to quickly seal and patch them, otherwise they can grow in size and create even more trouble in the future.
- Check Plumbing – Sometimes it’s not even external water sources that lead to wet basements. Be sure to check plumbing pipes and any plumbing fixtures that may be in your basement – leaking pipes or condensation could be a problem, too.
- Waterproof– Finally, just taking the initiative to waterproof your basement walls will have a tremendous impact on preventing basement flooding. It’s a minor investment compared to the huge costs of repairs and mold remediation, and as such it’s well worth thinking about doing.