The basement is one of the areas in your home that is most at risk for water damage. In fact, according to industry experts, 98 percent of basements in the United States will experience some type of water damage at some point. Basements are susceptible to water damage largely because all four walls of a basement come into contact with porous soil and bear the force of downward-flowing water after precipitation.
Basement water damage is certainly no fun to deal with. In addition to the massive mess it can make, the cost of repair can put a dent in your wallet – the national average price of water damage restoration is over $2500. Of course, preventing basement water damage is the ultimate goal, and our waterproofing contractors are here to help. Continue reading to learn a few ways to prevent water damage in your basement.
MAKE SURE THERE IS PROPER DRAINAGE
The best way to prevent water damage in your basement is to ensure that there is proper drainage. Without proper drainage, rainwater can collect near the foundation of your home which can lead to some damage to your basement. Therefore, it is important to ensure your proper drainage outside of your home. Consider these tips to improve outdoor drainage:
- Clean Your Gutters & Downspouts. If you don’t clean your gutters regularly, leaves, dirt, and other debris will build up in gutters and downspouts, causing them to clog. Clogs make your gutter system ineffective: water will no longer be able to drain properly, causing the water to overflow and stream down the sides of your home where it can begin pooling near the foundation. This is one of the leading causes of basement flooding. To prevent this, make sure you get your gutters cleaned semi-annually to help eliminate the threat of basement flooding.
- Make Sure Your Downspouts Away From Your Home. Speaking of gutter systems, another thing to keep in mind is that your downspouts are properly directed away from your home. Downspouts are responsible for moving water down and away from your home. If angled improperly, your downspouts can direct water dangerously close to the foundation of your home. To ensure water isn’t directed towards your foundation, angle the bottom of your downspouts so that they are five to 10 inches away from your house.
- Slope Your Yard Away From Your Foundation. If your yard slopes towards your home, chances are that water will carry exactly where you don’t want it to be: the foundation of your home. A perfectly flat yard is not the solution either. Flat yards will allow water to pool near your foundation when there is heavy rainfall. To keep water away from your home be sure that your yard is sloped away from the foundation.
Drainage issues are one of the most common causes of basement moisture, flooding, and water damage, so going the necessary lengths to ensure proper drainage is essential!
CHECK YOUR SUMP PUMP
A sump pump removes water that has accumulated in a sump basin and redirects it to the sewer. When your sump pump is not functioning properly the water in the sump basin will have nowhere to go, which can spell trouble for your basement walls. To ensure that your sump pump and basement drainage pump systems are functioning properly, they should be checked at least twice a year – even more during the rainy seasons. Verify that your sump pump is properly functioning, it is a safe practice to test it at least once a year.
Testing your sump pump is simple, all you have to do is unplug the two electrical cords of the sump pump. The pump cord plugs into the back of the float cord plug. Unplug both cords, then plug only the pump cord into the outlet. If everything works properly, the pump should turn on immediately. After determining that your pump is running properly follow these steps:
- Plug both the pump cord and the float cord back in and remove the lid of your sump crock.
- Slowly pour water from a five-gallon jug into the crock.
- If your pump switch turns on and your pump begins to remove the water from the crock, then it is working correctly.
After pouring, wait a few minutes to make sure your pump turns off.
If your pump fails any of these steps, you will need to have an expert come in and make the necessary repairs. You never know when severe weather conditions will roll in, so you need to be ready for it.
OPT FOR BASEMENT WATERPROOFING SERVICES
Professional basement waterproofing solutions can help you avoid costly basement flooding. Basement waterproofing is one of the most effective means of preventing water damage to your basement. Basement waterproofing services do more than just save you money — they can improve the structural integrity of your home, eliminate the risk of mold growth, and will keep your basement dry so that it can be used as an extra living space.
Get The Best Basement Waterproofing, Choose AMCO Waterproofing
Waterproofing your basement is a very important step in maintaining the integrity of your home, and AMCO Waterproofing has the waterproofing services and systems you need to keep your basement thoroughly dry and comfortable. With over 20 years of experience providing professional waterproofing services to the Triad area, our team of experienced waterproofing contractors have helped numerous homeowners with moisture and flooding problems in the basement, and have designed effective basement waterproofing solutions for the needs of their home. To schedule an estimate, contact AMCO Waterproofing today.