Many home maintenance concerns come with the winter season. But did you know that winter is the most common time for basement leaking and flooding issues? The cold weather contributes unexpected problems and increases the weak points that you weren’t aware of earlier in the season. There are some key factors to look for when you prepare for winter.
One of the main causes of basement flooding, leaky plumbing, can only be made worse in the winter. Make sure to check your pipes regularly to ensure that they have not frozen. Because water expands when it freezes, a frozen pipe is in danger of bursting and flooding your basement. Simply checking your drains for clogs is another way to keep plumbing flowing smoothly. Additionally, make sure that your sump pump is functioning properly
Gutters and Downspouts
Gutters are notorious for getting clogged, especially in the fall in winter when they are cleaned less often. Much like indoor plumbing, when gutters and downspouts experience leaks or freezing they can cause larger repair issues to your home. Try to thoroughly clean your gutters at least once before winter is in full swing. Removing debris will encourage the water to keep flowing into the downspout, instead of accumulating and freezing. Be sure that downspouts direct water away from your basement.
Basement windows are prone to accumulate water in their wells if they were installed improperly. A well cover will add significant protection to your windows, but it won’t prevent leaks. It is best to check your basement windows for leaks before the additional moisture from melting snow becomes a concern. Winter weather will make small spaces in your windows bigger as the glass naturally contracts in the cold. If needed, seek out a professional to properly seal or re-install basement windows.
Foundation and Walls
It is always a good practice to control and cracks in the basement foundation and walls. This important step in basement waterproofing simply requires applying a bit of caulk and sealant. The heat from your house, regardless of whether your basement is insulated, can melt snow and cause it to accumulate around the foundation. Be aware that freezing water will also expand in even the smallest cracks and it may even create new cracks.
Contact All Aspects Waterproofing Today for Your Waterproofing Needs
Whether you need a new sump pump installed or want to waterproof your entire basement, contact All Aspect 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, Google+, Pinterest, YouTube, LinkedIn, and Houzz.