Winter weather can unleash a lot of stress onto your house. The potential for water damage is especially high. Whether or not you have already gotten your basement waterproofed, there are some things that you can do to prepare for the weather. Here are some ways that you can care for your basement this winter.
Check for Cracks
The first step to preventing water damage is to look for places where water can get in. Cracks in the wall or floor of your basement could be a sign of water damage or potential structural issues. In those cases, the cracks will only get worse if they aren’t addressed. But as long as the cracks are only surface level, they can be easily sealed with caulk or epoxy. If you’re not sure what you are looking for or if the cracks are as serious as they appear, then you should have a professional inspection to be safe.
Clean the Gutters
Often, gutters are overlooked during the winter. But your gutters and downspouts play a big role in protecting your house from water damage. Clogged gutters can make water flow back against your roof or collect at your foundation, causing erosion. You should clean your gutters each season, and especially after the fall, when they probably accumulated fallen leaves. When your gutters are clean, then they can work properly. You won’t have to deal with freezing rain making your gutters overflow and icing your roof.
It’s also important to monitor your humidity indoors. Although winter air is known for being dry, there are still places in your home that could get too humid and cause water accumulation and water damage. Look for condensation in the bathroom and laundry room, especially around vents and pipes. It’s best not to put the dehumidifier away in winter.
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, Pinterest, YouTube, LinkedIn, and Houzz.