• Elizabeth Kenney

Leaking Basements: 4 Preventative Measures For All Seasons

While rainfall can certainly cause a flooded basement, do not forget that moisture from snow and ice can do the same.

It is true that during the winter the air is dryer and colder as compared to other months of the year. And this may lead you to think your home is at no risk of water leaks during the winter. But, this notion is false.

Remember, snow and ice are water after all. And, this moisture can build up and seep into your basement, regardless of the season.

Therefore, safeguarding your home is important all year long. The Family Handyman suggests these 4 preventative measures that you can take to prevent leaks into your basement:

#1 Find and fix any holes or cracks in the foundation.

Check both the interior and exterior of your home for any openings. If you see any cause for alarm, call in the professionals to get an assessment.

#2 Gutter check is next.

All eaves, troughs, and downspouts should be at a proper distance from your home’s foundation. Downspouts should be placed a minimum of four feet away from your home.

Additionally, be sure there are no excess leaks or any other damages to your gutters.

#3 Drains and window wells must be in tip-top shape.

Clogged drains can cause serious problems for your home, including a flooded basement. Make sure your drains are clear.

Similarly basement windows should be properly sealed to prevent any moisture from dripping into the interior.

#4 Soil may save your home.

That’s right—the soil around the foundation of your home can prevent leaking. If for example, you choose clay soil, this soil absorbs moisture. Thus, by regulating the moisture surrounding your home, the soil itself can prevent leaks.

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