5 Must-Read Basement Maintenance Tips
Water in the basement can cause structural damage and ruin precious valuables like yearbooks and photo albums, so knowing how to keep the basement dry is key. Fortunately, there are some simple basement maintenance rules that can stop scenarios like water coming up through the basement floor and walls before they get a chance to happen.
Puddles Are Bad
Keeping the basement dry surprisingly starts outside of your home. The next time your area receives a good rain, walk along the perimeter around the house afterwards and see if the water puddles near the foundation. Water should always flow away from your house and never towards it, where it can enter the home and cause basement seepage.
Puddles along the side of your house could indicate water in the basement.
Drain Pipes & The 5-Foot Rule
The EPA urges homeowners to make sure their drain pipes are long enough to carry rainwater away from the home. If your gutters are not carrying the rainwater at least 5 feet away from the foundation of your home, then they are not adequately doing their job.
Clean Your Gutters
Not many people realize that something on their roof can be causing water in the basement. If your gutters are full of leaves, then the rainwater is being dumped on the soil around your foundation instead of being carried away by your drain pipe. This can erode the soil from under the foundation and cause instability.
Clean Window Wells
Sometimes a leaking basement can be traced back to the window wells. Keep all window wells free of debris and water by periodically cleaning them out. You can even install a clear panel to let light in and keep debris and water out. These can often be found at your local hardware store.
Look For Foundation Cracks
Cracks in the basement walls could indicate serious structural and basement seepage problems. These problems need to be looked at by a licensed basement contractor as soon as possible.
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