Basement leaks can prove to be some of the most troublesome, stubborn problems that homeowners face, especially during periods of inclement weather. Left untreated, many plumbing, insulation, and even standard maintenance issues can cause water damage, mold growth, and even flooding in your basement. To avoid these costly damages, not to mention the health issues associated with mold and mildew growth in your home, it’s important to stay on top of basement leaks. But what should you look for? Read on for a few common causes of basement leaking to help you avoid waterproofing problems in your own home.
Leaky pipes are an incredibly common plumbing issue. Slow drains, garbage disposal issues, and problems running your appliances can all be indicators of leaky plumbing. It’s important to check your pipes for clogs and cracks to avoid major repairs and even flooding. One of the best ways to keep your basement dry is to get regular plumbing inspections and caulk any minor cracks that can become bigger problems down the road.
Does water pool around the foundation of your home after a heavy rainfall? When rainwater accumulates around your home without being properly diverted away through the soil, it can cause major flooding problems over time and even compromise the structural integrity of your foundation. Clean your gutters regularly and make sure a slope helps to divert water away from your home during rainy weather.
Inadequate Sump Pump
Another method for taking care of groundwater drainage is with your sump pump. This piece of equipment is meant to divert water from your home to avoid flooding and water damage. Make sure you have a good sump pump, and that you properly maintain it to ensure groundwater doesn’t push into your basement. Follow manual instructions when cleaning your sump pump, and inspect it regularly for cleaning and maintenance to be sure it’s working properly all through the year.
Cracks in your foundation, windows, and doors can be devastating for your basement. Whether there’s a small hole in your window, a drafty door, or improper sealing, cracks can let water into your basement, resulting in flooding and other water damage. Inspect your basement for cracks and other signs of leaks. Caulk any cracks and be sure to properly seal windows and doors to keep your basement safe from leaking and flooding.
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.