Ben Franklin’s saying “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” reminds us that it is much easier to do something to prevent a problem than to deal with it after it has happened. This is true when it comes to many areas of life, including taking care of your home.
One area that receives a lot of attention is a wet basement. Once water has entered your home, it’s generally a sign that it’s time to consider waterproofing your basement and the experts at Everdry Pittsburgh provide a free inspection to help you determine the cause and best solution.
Everdry Waterproofing also offers some tips and suggestions on steps you can take to help prevent problems with your basement and foundation:
- Review the grade of your property. Lawns that are flat or slope toward the house permit surface water to drain down against basement walls. Water enters through cracks or other openings in the walls. Get an inspection of your property to see if problems exist and work with a professional to build up the grade along your foundation walls. If you are in the process of building a new home, discuss the grade of your property with your contractor.
- Direct water away from the house. Keep your gutters and downspouts clean and in good repair to ensure that water is being directed into the lawn, not standing near your foundation.
- Trim your bushes! Dense shrubs and plantings around the basement prevent good ventilation. Trim bushes and shrubs so that the soil gets more sunlight and dries more quickly. This will help keep moisture away from the foundation of your home and prevent damage.
- Check window wells. Windows that are below grade should be protected with metal window wells with gravel bottoms to promote good drainage.
- Keep moisture to a minimum! Moisture and dampness can lead to mold problems. Avoid condensation on water pipes with specifically designed insulation. Use a dehumidifier during hot, humid months.
Though these preventative methods can’t guarantee you won’t experience water in your basement, they can help keep your foundation in better shape and perhaps minimize damage. Take steps now to do what you can to prevent future problems. However, if no matter what you do, you notice standing water, dampness or mold and mildew, contact us for a thorough inspection to identify the source of the problem and a solution to remedy it!