Winter is not usually the season where homeowners experience weather related flooding in their basements. But don’t let this seemingly innocent time take your mind from the importance of proper basement waterproofing solutions. Problems may be developing slowly around your property during the colder months that could result in flooding and serious property damage in the spring. Here’s what to look for to prevent a spring basement flood.
Gutters are the first line of defense for keeping precipitation away from the exterior foundation of your home. During the winter if you notice large icicles or ice masses forming around your gutters, there may be a blockage or obstruction preventing the gutters from draining properly. Ice forms when water overflows or cannot drain properly. Not only can these large icicles pose a serious danger around the perimeter of your home, but they are also a tell-tale sign that your gutters are not working properly and may cause water to pool around your foundation.
Non-permeating foundation cracks do not necessarily pose an imminent risk to your basement, but left on repaired, they are an inevitable problem. Pay close attention to these cracks during the winter. Water expands as it freezes, causing gaps to widen and foundation damage to increase.
Chances are, you are aware of the unique topography of your yard. There’s bound to be high and low spots – the problem arises when those low spots are next to your home. During the spring thaw, these low areas collect water that can saturate foundation walls and enter the basement.
These warning signs of a possible basement flood are easily identified with a little diligence. Fortunately, problems can be repaired before flooding causes significant damage to your property and your belongings. Contact us to learn how we can help in this prevention by way of our custom waterproofing solutions!