Now that spring is here, it's important that you waterproof your basement. You might think that the danger has passed now that winter is over. Unfortunately, that's not actually true. Spring rains increase your chances of being affected by basement flooding. The best way to avoid spring basement flooding is to start waterproofing as soon as the warm weather approaches. Here are four steps you need to take to make sure your basement is protected against springtime flooding.
Seal the Windows
When it comes to protecting your basement from flooding, the first thing you need to do is seal the windows. This is particularly important if you have exposed window wells. The last thing you want is to have water seep in through the frame once it begins collecting in the window wells. Use waterproof latex caulking to seal the space around the window frames. If you see signs of water pooling in the window wells, have a waterproofing contractor come out and add drainage to those areas.
Test the Sump Pump
If you've got a basement, you should have at least one sump pump. The sump pump will remove water from your basement before it has a chance to cause a flood. Before you're faced with a basement flood this spring, test your sump pump to ensure that it's working the way it should. If you haven't installed a backup sump pump yet, now's the time to take care of that, as well. Your backup pump will ensure that water continues to be removed, even if the main pump malfunctions. Not only that, but you can activate the backup pump to assist the main pump should you encounter a substantial amount of water in the basement.
Adjust the Downspouts
If you have rain gutters on your home, you need to make sure that your downspouts aren't going to cause flooding around your basement windows. Poorly adjusted downspouts can send a deluge of water down into the window wells. To prevent that from happening, be sure to adjust your downspouts so that water isn't allowed to drain into the window wells.
Look for Cracks and Water Stains
If you've experienced a wet winter, you'll need to inspect your basement walls for signs of cracks or water stains. If you find cracks and stains, you'll need to have a waterproofing contractor come out and repair the damage as quickly as possible. Those cracks and stains are a good sign that you've already experienced some water damage.
For more information, contact your local waterproofing services today!