Seasons of heavy rainfall spell doom for basements. This is when the efficacy of your basement waterproofing system is put to the test. It is therefore important to prepare for the season. The following are some tips to prepare your home for seasons of heavy rains.
- Clear the window well drains
Window wells are especially vulnerable to flooding and water damage. It is therefore important to ensure that water can drain properly. Clear the drains in the window wells of debris. Remove any other debris from the stairwell and the window well to reduce the risks of water building up and putting pressure on the foundation walls.
- Clear outside drainage
Check the drainage around your foundation and on your landscape. Ensure that any drainage on your property is clear of debris. This will ensure runoff water will flow away from the foundation and not cause buildup of pressure against the walls.
- Check the gutters and downspouts
Gutters and downspouts play an important role in protecting the foundation by guiding runoff from the roof away from the foundation. Check the gutters and downspouts for damage or debris. Ensure that any damage is repaired and debris removed. The roof drainage system will then be effective at guiding runoff away from the foundation.
- Check the growth of trees and shrubs in your yard
Are there trees or shrubs growing near the foundation of your home? The roots of trees and other plants can damage your foundation and cause cracks. Large shady trees like silver maple should be planted not less than 20 feet from the foundation of your home. Smaller shrubs and trees like the white fir should be planted at least 10 feet away from the foundation of your home.
- Check your driveway
Check your driveway for cracks that can cause water to gather under the driveway. Seal any cracks to prevent water from accumulating under the driveway and finding its way to your basement. Ensure your driveway’s curb channels water into the street or in a direction away from your home with basement waterproofing.
- Test your sump pump
Is your sump pump in good condition? Run it for a while to see if it is pumping water correctly. Check the discharge lines for obstructions. Your sump pump is your last line of defense when it comes to basement waterproofing. Have it checked by a professional technician to ensure that it will serve you well when the heavy rains come around.
Use the checklist above to ensure your home remains dry.
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