Here are 5 spring maintenance tips to ensure a dry basement:
Clean Your Gutters
Winter has a tendency to clog rain gutters with various debris, such as leaves, sticks, bird nests, seed pods, acorns, pinecones, etc. As soon as spring comes, it’s best to make sure these gutters are clean to ensure that rainwater flows properly away from the home. It can certainly be a chore, but one that’s needed to make sure that water doesn’t spill over the sides of your home and down into the soil by your foundation.
Check Your Yard’s Slope
You yard should slope away from your home by at least 2%. This is so that rainwater and snow can flow away from your home, rather than pool up next to your foundation. If you notice any problems with your lawn’s terrain, you’re going to need to get it taken care of before the spring storms hit.
Inspect Window, Door, and Pipe Openings
Water and moisture can seep through windows, doors, and even pipes, so it’s important to inspect these and replace the caulk if needed. Cracks and breaks are signs that the frame or pipe must be replaced, so check these items thoroughly.
Test Your Sump Pump
Your sump pump is what keeps water out of your basement. Be sure to inspect it and make sure it works as it should before its too late and you’re left with a flood under your home.
Check Your Dehumidifier
Mold and mildew are kept in check by your dehumidifier, so to keep your basement mold-free, be sure your dehumidifier is working properly. A dehumidifier needs regular maintenance, so be sure to have it checked by a professional.
A dry basement is what keeps your home safe and your family healthy. So be sure to follow these tips to ensure that those spring thunderstorms won’t cause you any unnecessary headaches.
To find out more how to keep your basement safe and dry, call Perma-Seal today for more information.