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How to Keep Your Basement Dry


As spring approaches, it’s important to prepare your home for heavy rainfalls. Here are some tips in keeping your basement dry.

  • Check your foundation for leaks
  • Check for cracks
  • Finished basements, check for moist/soft drywall
  • Water spots may exist if water has entered down foundation walls
  • Call a professional to repair existing cracks or apply waterproof sealant to the inside and outside of your foundation walls
  • Floor drains should be clear

Sump pumps are critical in keeping your basement dry

  • Install a battery operated backup in case a storm causes a power outage
  • Test your sump pump annually
  • Keep your pump clean for most efficient use and to avoid burn out
  • Use an alarm system to detect water in your basement

Backwater valves

  • When heavy precipitation occurs, sewage could enter your home through drainpipes from a sanitary sewer system experiencing a backup
  • Installing a backwater valve will prevent wastewater from entering your home if the sewer system experiences a backup
  • Consult with a professional plumber to determine if a backwater valve is needed and for proper installation of the backwater valve according to local codes and ordinances.

Preparing the outside of your home

  • Eavestroughs should be cleared of leaves and debris
  • Downspouts are to be directed 6-10 feet from house
  • Chimney and exhaust pipes in roof should be properly sealed
  • Make sure your roof is not deteriorated or worn and your shingles are not curling
  • Window wells should be covered or metal wells installed with gravel bases to drain water properly
  • Windows should be sealed and doorways fitted tight to their frames
  • Trees should be removed if they are too close to the house - the roots could cause foundation cracks to the basement walls
  • Shrubs should not be planted too close to the house, and irrigation systems should be monitored
  • Be sure your yard has a drainage system that prevents water from flowing towards your home
  • Any paved surfaces next to the house should be sloped downward away from the home, and sealant between the house and paved surfaces should be regularly checked for cracks

How to protect your belongings

  • Elevate your heating, ventilating, and air conditioning equipment
  • Raise washers and dryers from the ground with blocks
  • Keep all personal items stored in plastic storage bins to prevent these items from getting destroyed
  • Build storage shelves to keep personal items up off the floor

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