Worried About The Coming Rains? Simple Steps You Can Take To Waterproof Your Home
With spring just around the corner, it's time to start thinking about the rain again. You might have thought that you'd be in the clear once the snow melted, but that's not actually the case, especially if you have a basement. You see, melting snow and pouring rain can join together to create the perfect conditions for a flooded basement. To make sure your home is protected, here are three steps you can take to prevent water damage.
Give Your Yard a Grade
You might not realize this, but if you want to protect your home against water damage, you need to give your yard a grade. That is, you need to make sure that the soil slopes downward away from your home. If your soil isn't sloped away from the house, the water will flow towards your home where it will continue to collect until it's caused a flood. Before the spring rains start dropping by buckets onto your home, be sure to have your yard properly graded.
Clear Away the Shrubbery
If you've got shrubbery growing right up against your home, you're looking at several potential problems. First, shrubbery that's too close to your home provides the perfect hiding place for pests, including termites. Second, shrubbery that's growing near your doors and windows can also provide a hiding place for criminals who are trying to access your home. Finally, shrubbery near your home can increase the likelihood of basement flooding. That's because the water will follow the root system, right under the foundation and into your basement. Prevent those hazards by clearing the shrubbery away from your home.
Repair the Cracks
If you've got cracks in the concrete around the foundation, or inside your basement, you need to repair those before the rains arrive. Even small cracks can allow a substantial amount of water to find its way into your basement. Not only that, but once water does get into the cracks, the moisture can cause further damage to the concrete. To prevent further damage, you'll need to repair the cracks using a vinyl concrete patch. Use a wire brush to remove debris from inside the cracks. Apply a generous amount of patch to the cracks and use a putty knife to press the patch into the crack itself. Smooth the patch over the surface of the crack, and allow it to dry. Repeat that process on all the visible cracks. Once you've repaired all the cracks, apply a waterproof sealant to the concrete. The sealant will protect the concrete from water damage, and prevent further cracks from developing.
Don't let water destroy your home. Use the tips described above to waterproof your home. For further tips on how to prevent water damage, be sure to contact a plumber like Stan Young Drainage.