Are you a homeowner dealing with moisture and water issues in your basement? If so, you’re not alone. Basement flooding and high humidity levels can be incredibly damaging over time – not only to your home’s infrastructure but also to your and your family’s health. It’s essential to take steps to keep a dry basement all year round. Here are five ways to do so.
1. Invest in a Sump Pump
A sump pump is designed to push water away from your home’s foundation into a nearby storm drain or dry well. If you’re dealing with frequent flooding, invest in a quality sump pump with a battery backup, so your basement remains dry, even during power outages.
2. Install Window Wells and Covers to Keep a Dry Basement
Window wells are U-shaped structures designed to allow more light into your basement. Ideally, the wells have drainage built into the design to funnel water from the soil around your foundation and keep it from entering your home. Make sure they’re adequately sealed and not filled with water when it rains. Install window well covers on each of them to help prevent rain or snow from entering the basement.
3. Check for Leaks and Cracks
Inspect the foundation regularly for any signs of cracking or gaps that could allow moisture into the basement. If you find holes, patch them with a mortar mix or contact a qualified contractor for assistance with more serious repairs.
4. Make Sure Your Gutters are Clean and Working Properly
Clogged or broken gutters can cause water to run down the side of your house and into your basement, so it’s essential they’re clean and working correctly. Clean the gutters at least twice each year; though, it may be necessary to clean them more frequently if you live in a wooded area. Keep downspouts oriented to direct water away from your home. Have the guttering system inspected annually by a professional to ensure everything is in good condition.
5. Install a Dehumidifier to Keep a Dry Basement
A dehumidifier reduces humidity levels and dries the basement air. Choose a dehumidifier rated to handle the square footage of your basement. Set a reminder so you will remember to empty it regularly and clean the appliance’s filters so it continues to work efficiently.
By taking these five steps, you can keep your basement dry, preventing costly and dangerous damage to your home. Don’t hesitate to seek professional help if needed – it’s always better to be safe when protecting your investment.
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