Fall brings beautiful leaves in vibrant colors. However, it also brings colder weather and more rain. Therefore, it’s best to invest in waterproofing to prevent water from leaking into your basement and keep it dry throughout the fall. These are five fall basement waterproofing tips that you should know.
Keep Gutters and Downspouts Debris-Free
One of the top causes of water leaking into the basement is clogged gutters and downspouts. This clogging makes the gutters overflow, leading to puddles around your home’s foundation. As puddles form, the water will slowly seep through any weaknesses or cracks in your basement’s walls and then accumulate in the basement.
It’s best to clear any debris in your gutter and downspouts to stop water from collecting here. Splash blocks or concrete gutters can extend your downspouts to direct water away from your home.
Correct Cracks in Foundation Walls
As part of your regular home maintenance, fixing foundation wall cracks is vital. Cracks provide easy access for water to seep into your basement. Regularly keeping cracks on your radar and improving them can help avoid future damage.
Epoxy can fill these cracks, and sealer can make them more durable. However, it’s better to bring us in for a high-quality repair.
Keep Your Basement Windows in Excellent Condition
Water can also find its way inside your basement through the windows. This seepage will happen if windows aren’t adequately sealed or broken.
If necessary, reseal the windows and repair broken windows as soon as possible. If the problem comes from window wells filling during heavy rain, consider installing window well covers to control this.
Have Your Lot Graded
Your lot’s slope can also be a culprit if you find that your basement has leaks often. See if the land slopes towards your house. If it is, this could be why water seeps into your home through the foundation. It could also be the reason for any cracks.
Having your lot graded ensures that the land slopes away from the house. Therefore, it won’t direct water to the foundation any longer.
If Necessary, Install a Drainage System
An interior or exterior drainage system provides a long-lasting solution to basement water issues. The type of system that will benefit you depends on your property.
Interior drainage directs water out of your basement and away from your home. Pipes under the floor collect the water and carry it to a sump pump or French drain, which pumps the water away from your house.
On the other hand, if you have an issue with exterior water putting pressure on your foundation, outdoor pumps or digging trenches are effective for draining this water.
Fortunately, basement waterproofing doesn’t have to be a DIY project. You can count on Laham Construction to take care of exterior wall waterproofing. We also specialize in commercial waterproofing services.
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