Even though summertime can be a time to relax, there are many water-damage related hazards that can develop over this season. The frequent storms and high humidity could potentially ruin your basement. But with some maintenance and prevention, you can keep your home in good condition all year long.
With heavy rains, your roof’s gutters have to work hard to carry water away from your house. That’s why it is a good idea to check on them during the summer months. Even if it’s not time for the leaves to start falling, your gutters could get clogged by leaves and other debris over time. Also, as gutters age, they tend to sag and get holes, which can make water pour back towards your house and cause leaks. When in doubt, it’s better to call a professional than risk getting on the roof to fix the gutters yourself.
The Sump Pump
The second hardest worker in your house during the rain is probably your sump pump. Even if your basement isn’t prone to water accumulation, a heavy storm can bring the threat of a flood. You should check on your sump pump as soon as possible to make sure that it is up to the task. If your sump pump looks rusty or makes strange sounds, it might need to be replaced. Don’t wait until an expensive breakdown, because a basement flood is a costly mess.
As for the rest of your house, the summer is the season when most homeowners use more water than usual. If you have noticed a rise in your water bill over the summer, it’s probably a result of normal summer activities. After all, using your hose, taking frequent baths and showers from being outside, and drinking water from the tap (and/or through a filter) will all add up. But this not only affects the cost, but it can also put some strain on your plumbing. If there were small leaks and imperfections in the pipes, then the continual usage will encourage water damage to spread. That’s why it never hurts to have a waterproofing inspection if you notice warning signs like water spots and mold.
Contact All Aspects Waterproofing Today!
If you are ready to get a professional to waterproof your home’s basement, contact All Aspects Waterproofing, a Better Business Bureau A+ rated company with over 30 years of experience in the Washington, DC./Maryland/Virginia area. We have a great deal of experience in waterproofing, mold testing, and mold remediation, and we want to make you feel at home again. Contact us online or by calling 1-866-999-3110 or 301-766-4420. To see what we’re up to, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, LinkedIn, and Houzz.