A leaky basement is one of the biggest concerns for homeowners. However, there are several things you can do as a homeowner to prevent basement leaks. These maintenance tips is a lot cheaper than paying for repairs.
Here are the 5 maintenance tips to prevent basement leaks:
1. Clean your gutter and downspout
Your gutter and downspout are part of your home’s water drainage system. The purpose of your gutter and downspout is to divert water away from your home’s foundation and basement. When they get clogged, water can being to collect by your foundation, which may lead to a leaky basement and foundation problems. So, you should clean them regularly to keep debris and leaves from building up and blocking water flow.
2. Inspect your basement window well
The purpose of a window well is to prevent moisture damage to basement windows that are at or below grade. Window wells also keep the soil away from openings in the foundation walls. It’s important to inspect your window wells to protect your basement and foundation from leaks. There are two signs that you should look for when inspecting your window wells: drainage issues and staining around the walls.
3. Inspect your land grading around the foundation
Poor land grading around the foundation of your home can lead to basement leaks. This usually happens when the ground slopes towards the foundation don’t allow for proper drainage of water. You can inspect your land grading during or after a heavy rainfall. There are two signs of potential water damage: if you spot water accumulating or see the ground level slopes towards your foundation.
4. Basement moisture monitor
Leaks can be caused by a number of factors such as sewer back-ups, sump pump failure, or after a heavy rainfall. You should invest in a moisture detector to help you monitor your basement for leaks and alert you to non-visible signs of moisture of basement leak issues.
5. Inspect your sump pump
One of the best ways to prevent basement leaks is by installing a sump pump. The purpose of sump pump is to pump out water from underneath your home and away from the foundation. There are several things you need to keep in mind when inspecting your sump pump including testing the sump pump, cleaning the grate to remove any debris, and checking the drain pipes to see which carry the excess water.
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