Basement Waterproofing Before The Spring Season
Spring is almost here, and things are going to start getting rainy and thunder-y really quickly. When that happens, it’s time to consider basement waterproofing.
Many of us have our own unique Spring rituals, whether they involve cleaning, landscaping work, or preparing the patio for some Spring entertaining.
But surprisingly, many of us don’t think twice about our basements. Often, it’s only when something goes wrong do we decide to take action. Well, we’re here to recommend an action plan that just may save you some headache and money during the inevitable Detroit Spring rainstorms.
Exterior Action Plan
- Make sure gutters are attached securely and extended at least 4 feet away from the foundation walls. This rule also applies to discharge lines for existing sump pumps.
- Grade soil away from your home. Fill any sinkholes or improperly graded soil with additional topsoil you can purchase at your local home improvement garden center.
- Filling any foundation gaps and cracks with masonry caulk may prevent pests and minor leaks.
Interior Action Plan
- Seal up any hairline cracks with masonry caulk. Cracks larger than 1/4″ in diameter may require professional attention.
- Test your sump pump(s) by pouring water directly into the sump basin(s). If sump lids are sealed, check for access ports and use a regular garden hose to fill them.
- Test your battery operated backup pumps by repeating step 2 above, but with the primary pumps unplugged. If necessary, add water or replace batteries.
Spending some time preparing your basement or crawl space is always a good idea coming into Spring, and is certainly better than dealing with a total flood after it’s too late!
Contact us for a FREE basement waterproofing inspection.