Wednesday, March 20th, 2013 by Betsy Rathburn
The first day of spring is finally here! But we’re not out of the woods yet. There are still lots of things to take into account before the spring thaw – like what to do with all that melting snow. It has to go somewhere, and unfortunately for lots of Minnesota and North Dakota homeowners, it more often than not flows into basements and crawl spaces.
But as insistent as the water is on getting into your home, there are things you can do to protect against a spring flood, whether you’ve never had a moisture problem before or you’re dreading yet another year with a wet basement.
That snow on your roof and the coming spring rains have to go somewhere. If your downspouts don’t extend far enough away from your foundation, the soil around your home will soak – and some of that moisture may enter your basement through cracks and fissures in the foundation.
Ideally, downspouts should be extended several feet from the foundation to ensure that the water gets far enough away not to pose a threat. Some people even install pipe that leads to outside drainage, which can be a big help for those who have flooded lawns year after year.
It’s important to make sure your property drains properly, and that means making sure your lawn slopes away from your home. When soil is disturbed, such as during the building of a home, it can take a while to settle again. This can cause the grade of the soil surrounding your home to change. What once sloped away from your home may now slope towards it, directing water straight towards your foundation.
This problem might be a little more difficult to deal with – you may have to bring in someone to repair your grading issue for you – but it’ll be worth it when you no longer have to worry about water pooling around the foundation of your home.
Check Sump Pump
A good sump pump is often the difference between a wet basement and a dry one. You’d be surprised at how many people install new sump pumps and forget to plug them in! It’s a good idea to check your pump before the weather gets wet. Start by making sure your pump is plugged in and turned on, and then pour water into the basin. If everything is right, the pump should turn on and start pumping the water out.
Some sump pumps are equipped with a backup battery, and others, like our SafeDri Pro and SafeDri Triple sump pumps, come with a alarm that will alert you if the pump fails. Making sure your sump pump is in working order is a great way to protect your home from flooding.
But what if your basement is already wet?
Most basements experience moisture at one point or another, so it’s pretty likely that your basement is already letting in water. If this is the case, there are things you can do after pumping that water out:
Identify the Source
Water frequently enters basements through cracks and fissures in the foundation walls or the basement floor. When you identify where exactly the water is coming from, you go a long way towards actually drying the basement. Innovative Basement Authority’ specialists will be able to identify the source of your basement water, and then help you come up with an effective, long-lasting solution so that you won’t have to worry about spring flooding again.
Install a Drainage System
Just like the drainage around the outside of your home, the drainage inside your basement is vitally important. Installing a perimeter drainage system inside your basement is a great thing to do if your basement walls have cracks and fissures that allow moisture to enter.
Innovative Basement Authority’ BasementGutter drainage system is the solution that countless Minnesota and North Dakota homeowners have chosen – and for good reason! The system is installed along the perimeter of the floor in order to collect water from walls and lead it to a sump pump, leaving your basement clean and dry.
Get an Effective Sump Pump
As mentioned above, having a properly-working sump pump can be the difference between a wet basement and a dry one. And getting a quality pump is easier than ever when you choose to work with Innovative Basement Authority. Our SafeDri Pro sump pump is equipped against clogs, power loss, heavy rains, and more!
If you find that your basement is in need of waterproofing, look no further than Innovative Basement Authority. We are a recognized leader in the basement waterproofing business of Minnesota and North Dakota, and we’re dedicated to helping homeowners eliminate their water once and for all. Call us today or fill out our online form to schedule a free estimate!
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