It seems as though we have been pummeled with major storms in the past few years. And we all know what that can lead to: flooded basements. When your crawlspace or basement becomes flooded, it can cause serious mold problems as well as severe water damage. It goes without saying that these kinds of issues can be very costly to get repaired.
That saying is true: The best treatment is prevention. With that in mind, check out the following four steps you can take to keep your basement nice and dry.
1. Keep your gutters in tip-top shape
One of the most common causes of basement flooding is clogged, leaky gutters. By keeping your rain gutters maintained and inspected, you can ensure that they are free of debris, preventing any sort of gutter clogs that can then lead to leaks. When your gutters are leaky, the water that's supposed to be flowing away from your home ends up in pools next to the foundation. This makes the soil there erode, so even more pools are formed. To prevent this, clean out your gutters regularly. Another way to keep your gutters free of clogs and prevent water damage is by installing gutter guards. These guards keep debris out of your gutters so that you never have to clean them out.
2. Get practical with the landscaping
Believe it or not, you can keep your home and basement dry and flood-free by doing a little something special while landscaping. Ideally, the yard around your home should slope downwards at least six inches in the first ten feet all the way around the foundation. This will encourage rainwater to flow away from your home instead of collecting in pools near the foundation.
3. Play detective on your foundation
You should inspect all of the concrete slabs that are located close to your home's foundation, including driveways, porches, walks, etc. Make sure they're sloped to encourage rainwater to drain away from your home. If you find that some of the concrete is cracked or has settled, talk to a repair company about replacing the concrete or "slab jacking" it to prevent flooding.
4. Play doctor on your basement's walls
This could take some time, so set aside an afternoon to provide your basement with some serious TLC. First, you'll want to scrub all basement walls with muriatic acid on a rough brush. Now fill any cracks you see with hydraulic cement. Once the cement is totally cured, paint the basement walls with a water-sealing concrete paint.
These are just four steps you can take to help prevent any sort of flooding or water damage in your home's basement. Your home is your pride and joy, and you want to do everything you can to protect it—so make sure that you spend enough attention protecting your basement from possible flooding.
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Katrina Robinson is a freelance writer and editor based in Charleston, South Carolina. She writes about a wide variety of topics including health, lifestyle, and home tips, especially for gutter maintenance.
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