As a rainy spring approaches, you may want to start considering how to manage and mitigate the damage done by flooding. Even the best basements get a little wet, after all. It’s just how basements work!
Don’t go into this rainy season unprepared – set yourself up for success and minimize water damage before it starts.
Here are our best tips for keeping your house dry and your possessions safe and mold-free this year and for years to come.
Do you have an unfinished basement? Millions of us do! Take a dry weekend before rainy season starts, and slap a coat of waterproof paint onto the walls.
Because you’re not looking for it to be pretty, just effective, it won’t take very long at all, even if you have a large basement. Waterproof paint can be bought at nearly any home improvement store that sells paint, and the application is very easy.
Don’t just attend to your walls – check your windows, too! It’s very common for water to seep in from window wells, pool outside of the window, and create a lot of moisture. Your first step if this is happening is to install a window well drainage system… which yes, is a lot of work.
Dig about two feet under the window and fill the space with gravel, so that water can easily disperse instead of collecting at the window level. This is certainly a relatively long project, but it’s not a hard one, strictly speaking.
Finally, check the window and make sure there are no cracks and damage. Using a waterproof silicone window caulk, go over the areas again to make sure you have a good, tight seal.
This is a hassle that most home-owners hate, but it’s absolutely necessary – you must check your gutters regularly and clean them out. Gutters serve a very important purpose, and when they get backed up, water goes places it shouldn’t.
Wearing long sleeves and rubber gloves, safely get on a ladder and check to see what buildup is hanging out there. Be careful scooping the debris out, as sharp pieces of wood or sticks could be hiding.
You should ideally clean your gutters twice a year, in late spring and early fall, but each house is a little different. If you have a lot of trees on your property, you may have to do it more often!
Notice a slow leak from a basement wall? Maybe an issue with your gutters that is causing issues? Sure, you can ignore it… but you’ll certainly pay the price.
Unattended water can cause rot in wood, damage to your walls and major structural elements, dangerous mold, and more. The worst thing you can do is ignore water when it’s where it doesn’t belong.
Be sure to address problems as they happen, or you’re going to have many more issues on your plate.