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Even Dry Basements Require Inspection

Hanging up a new, clean calendar is a ritual for many at the beginning of each year, and we quickly begin the process of filling in all of those important dates. Along with fun things like birthdays and anniversaries, we start making appointments to have our teeth cleaned, the furnace checked, the oil in our cars changed, or even a yearly checkup with our doctor. Thank goodness for those handy reminders we get in the mail to help us remember to schedule the all-important annual checkups!

While you’re making your list of important things to check on an annual basis, do not forget about scheduling a basement inspection. A dry basement is an invaluable asset to your home,  even more important when you have a finished basement. The small cost of maintaining your lower living space is minimal compared to the amount of trouble and heartache you would experience if you had several inches of water suddenly appear downstairs.

What if you lost power during a storm and you didn’t have your battery backup system checked for a couple years? What if your basement flooded because one of your window well drains was simply clogged with leaves and debris? You can avoid the pain of having to remove water-damaged finished walls and flooring, ruined family photo albums and other family heirlooms by inspecting your basement every year.

There are several ways to keep your basement dry and protected, and although some of these you can do yourself, some are better left to a professional. Contact a professional waterproofing company that can provide you with an inspection program that will help assure your basement stays dry all year round. Here are some of the items a professional company should provide during a complete annual inspection:

Removal, cleaning and water-testing of storm water sump pump. Cleaning of the storm water sump pit. Flushing and water-testing of discharge lines and fittings. Replacement of battery on the High Water Alarm. Inspecting the battery and mechanical operation of your backup pump system. Testing your ejector pump. Checking for possible yard drainage and downspout extension problems. Inspection of window wells and drains for any clogs or leaks. Examination of foundation walls for seepage or structural damage. A written report of finding and recommendations.

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