Effective Strategies To Combat Basement Flooding
There are many reasons why you should be worried about a wet basement. Not only does water seepage into the basement make your home smelly and vulnerable to mold infestation, it poses great risk to your floors and walls which could degrade your home value. The best and cheapest approach to basement waterproofing is to control the source of the moisture. Here are 2 common causes of basement flooding and simple strategies to combat them to maintain a dry basement and protect your home and property.
Poor sloping around the foundation
Basement flooding issues during the rainy season and winter thaw can intensify if the ground around your home perimeter is either level or slopes slightly toward the foundation. This could cause gallons of water to drain near your foundation, infiltrating cracks in the walls and basement floor. Inadequate sloping caused by soil that is backfilled without proper compaction around the home perimeter could also result in stoops that allow water to collect and later seep into your basement.
The solution to this problem is to have a basement waterproofing expert examine the grading around your home and place soil around the foundation to enhance the slope and allow water to drain away from the foundation.
The newly placed earth should be compacted so that water isn't able to flood the soil and find its way back into the foundation. Polythene sheets can also be injected into the basement walls to prevent any minor water seepage through cracks in the foundation during spells of heavy flooding. Finally, consider installing sloped concrete sidewalks around your basement to divert roof runoff away from your home.
Leaky gutters and downspouts
Gutters and downspouts are supposed to divert rainwater from the roof away from the foundation walls, preventing basement flooding. Damaged or sagging gutters could dump rainwater right next to your home, while downspouts that aren't well positioned could allow water from the roof to drain too close to the foundation.
It is essential that you always have your gutters and downspouts examined for cracks and holes to prevent leaks. You should also install gutter extensions to ensure rainwater is dispelled further away from your home.
Increasing the number of downspouts along your roof eave can also improve gutter drainage and reduce the chances of gutters spilling rainwater. Finally, consider having an underground drain pipe fitted around your home perimeter to effectively and quickly drain gutter runoff away from your foundation.
For more information, contact Central Penn Waterproofing or a similar company.