It starts. The phase of life where most everyone I know is either already in a home, just purchased a home, or looking into buying a home.
Me and my husband included.
Typically, you might view the basement as the 'man's domain' or an area that is generally off limits. However, this guest blog post is a call to all wives, moms, or female house owners with basements. These tips given by Global Restoration are great when trying to limit basement water damage, and it was perfect timing they reached out to me with these. I just had to share with y'all!
Tips for Avoiding Basement Water Damage
The underground nature of basements makes them a prime spot for leaks, floods, and a general accumulation of water and dampness, even if it’s not raining. Over time, water damage to a basement can not only ruin your belongings, but can also cause structural damage and provide a place for mold to grow and cause chronic health issues that can affect your family.
Depending on your exact basement, there are countless ways for you to ensure that everything stays nice and dry like it should, allowing you to avoid water damage. Here are just a few options and tips for keeping your basement waterproof.
● Apply a waterproof paint or sealant to your basement walls: While this won’t solve all of your problems, since it doesn’t eliminate the source of your leaks, it can help protect your walls from minor leaks and dampness.
● Check your foundation: Look for any visible cracks in the foundation itself, as well as the slope of the dirt right at the edge of your home or business. If it slopes toward your basement, regarding it to slope away might help you avoid floods.
● Plan your garden: Keep plant matter at least a foot away from your foundation to avoid roots growing into it and causing cracks.
● Point gutter spouts away: Spouts from your gutters should open up at least a full five feet away from the edge of your foundation and should point down a slope going away from your home or business.
● Repair cracks and holes around piping: Any cracks in the walls of your basement, or gaps around pipes and walls, present an opportunity for water to get in and damage your basement.
● Check and seal gaps: Cracks and gaps in corners and where the floor, walls, and ceiling meet can be easily missed.
● If your basement floods often, install a sump pump: This is a damage-control measure rather than true waterproofing, but in areas that flood frequently, this type of automatic pump can help to minimize damage in the event of storms and floods.
● Permanently seal your basement: A professional contractor can use a special type of clay to seal up the exterior of your basement, filling in the gaps that allow water to soak through and cause damage.
● Ensure good seals around windows: Basement windows tend to be low to the ground and can easily become a source of flooding if rain begins to rise a few inches.
In the event of water damage to your home or business, Global Restoration can help. Restore your peace of mind with Georgia Water Damage Restoration, Indiana Water Damage Restoration, and Ohio Water Damage Restoration.
To learn more, please contact the water damage experts at Global Restoration.
I hope you all learned a bit from this guest blog post. Thank you to Global Restoration for guest blogging on Young NASA Housewife!
***Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with Global Restoration in any way and did not receive compensation for their guest blog post. These are great tips that I found deserving to be posted on Young NASA Housewife blog.***