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If you live in an area that experiences a lot of rainfall, it is essential to take steps to protect your basement from water damage. The best time to take care of this is before the wettest months of the year, which are typically during the spring and summer. Here are some tips for keeping your basement dry.
1. Install Drainage System and/or Pump System to Keep Water from Seeping into Basement
A drainage system will direct water away from your home and prevent it from seeping into your basement. There are several different drainage systems that you can install, so be sure to talk to a professional about the best option for your home. The most common device used for this is called a sump pump. A sump pump is a device that pumps water out of your basement and prevents it from seeping in. If you are not sure if you need a sump pump, be sure to consult with a professional.
2. Make Sure Your Gutters Are Properly Placed and Clean
Gutters channel water away from your roof and towards areas outside your home. If water is allowed to flow over the edge of your channels, it can end up seeping into your basement. Be sure to check your gutters regularly and clean them if needed.
3. Repair Any Cracks in The Foundation of Your Home
Cracks in the foundation of your home can allow water to seep into your basement, leading to water damage. If you are not sure how to fix the gaps in your foundation, be sure to consult with a professional.
4. Ensure All Openings Where Cables or Pipes Enter the House Are Properly Sealed
Unsealed links where cables and pipes enter your home can seep in and cause damage. Be sure to check these openings regularly and fill them in if needed.
5. Inspect Ground Around Your Home to Confirm It Is Sloped Away from The House
Sloping ground away from your home prevents water from being channeled into your basement. If the ground around your home is sloped towards your house, you can fix this by grading the soil to slope away from your home.
6. Insulate Pipes to Prevent Freezing and Cracking
If you live in an area where temperatures drop below freezing, your pipes can freeze and crack, which will let water seep into your basement. Be sure to wrap your pipes with insulation to prevent them from freezing.
What to Do Next
By following the steps listed above, you can help keep your basement dry year-round. Installing a drainage system, making sure your gutters are in good shape, and repairing any cracks in your foundation will go a long way towards preventing water damage. If your basement does end up flooding. Please read our step by step tutorial to file a claim.
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