There is nothing worse than coming home to a wet or flooded basement after a day of heavy rainfall. When you built or purchased your home, you were excited about the basement feature, and you probably planned to use the space for entertaining or even extra living space. And now instead of an extra room, you have one big, wet headache.
While there are a several things that you can do to improve your chances of preventing devastating water intrusion in your basement all year, today we will discuss two easy tips that you can do this week that will help keep water out of your basement, just in time for fall!
Repair Your Gutters
Your gutters serve a big role in deterring water away from your home. When it rains, all of the water that hits your roof is routed into an “exit strategy” as it makes its way down and around the perimeter of your home. However, if a section of your gutters is damaged or missing, your “exit strategy” will not be successful. The excess water that should have been diverted away from your home is now being dumped, you guessed it, around your basement’s exterior. Ensure that your gutters are free of debris such as leaves and sticks, and that they do not have any holes.
Evaluate Your Land Grade
Take a moment and walk around the exterior of your home. Step back a few feet and take a close look at the grade of the land around your home. This includes your yard, gardens, concrete patios, driveway, etc. Try and picture the flow of water around your home. What direction is the water being forced to flow? The water should be diverted away from your home to avoid flooding.
If this is not the case, you may notice that the ground is lower or slopes in towards your basement. This could be a major part of your basement flooding issues. A professional waterproofing company may recommend and install a variety of drainage options including subsurface drains or even a French drain if your situation calls for it.
If you are tired of not being able to fully utilize your basement because of water damage, it’s time to take action. This fall, ensure that your excess water’s “exit strategy” is up to par by repairing your gutters, and check the outside water’s flow direction by evaluating your land grade.
If you’d like to take the next step in the fight against water intrusion, give Stay Dry Waterproofing in Cleveland, TN a call at (423) 479-3937, or visit our website at www.youstaydry.com. Our team of trustworthy experts looks forward to serving you!