Autumn is here and that means preparing for winter and, believe it or not, spring as well. Getting work done during the winter can be a little bit harder, so you should focus on getting your home ready now, in the fall, instead of when disaster strikes. Canadian homeowners report nearly 40,000 incidents of basement flooding ever year at the average cost of around $4000. If you want to be proactive instead of reactive, you may want to inspect your home for signs that it’s basement is less than watertight. If you discover any of these signs, be sure to call a professional basement waterproofing expert who can help you prevent a flood before it happens.
1. Eaves Troughs and Downspouts
Clogged downspouts and eaves troughs are a large culprit in basement flooding, but it may not be their fault. Clogging can be a result of any number of factors, from poor runoff strategies to a messy yard, so keep a regular eye on your eaves troughs and downspouts. If you notice they fill up fast, you will need a professional to see exactly why. If you need them cleaned out professionally, be sure to contact someone who can keep the parts of your home that get rid of water working their best.
2. Water Against the House
Water should always run away from your home, so any signs of puddling against your house is a sign that flooding could be coming in very shortly. Water shouldn’t be pooling within a 6’ radius of your home in every direction. If you discover it is, then you should call a basement waterproofing expert. The issue could be your landscaping and possibly even your foundation. Either way, getting that inspected and fixed quickly is paramount. Puddling can swiftly get worse and that can lead to floods and higher repair costs.
3. Backwater or Sump Pump Problems
Sump pumps and backwater valves are specially designed to keep water out of and away from your home. If either of these devices fail, then water and even raw sewage can actually flow directly back into your home. There are a few ways to tell if your backwater valves and sump pumps are in need of repair or replacement, but one telltale sign is water already appearing in your basement. If water accumulates around these devices, they won’t protect your home from the rain. Have them inspected immediately by a professional to keep your home protected and safe from flooding.
Autumn is a particularly hard month on your basement. The ground is getting harder from the falling temperatures, making any work that needs excavation that much harder, but there’s also a fair amount of rain. As we all know, water expands when it freezes, so wet ground that gets cold puts pressure on your home, your basement and foundation in particular. These are just a few other ways your home may not be as waterproof as you thought. Instead of waiting for the worst, be proactive and check for signs of basement flooding or potential flooding. Doing so could save you thousands of dollars.