Winter is a wonderful time of year, but the harsh weather can be tough on your home if you’re not prepared. Basement waterproofing is an essential preparation task that you should tackle in the fall to protect your basement from the cold and moisture. Use the steps below to enjoy a dry and comfortable home all season long.
Steps for Basement Waterproofing
1. Seal Leaks
Cracks will let in drafts of cold air and moisture. Look for any signs of gaps around your doors and windows, and use waterproof caulking to seal them. If you find any larger cracks or water pooling inside your basement, call a foundation repair contractor immediately to fix it before the first big storm of the season.
2. Insulate Plumbing
Any plumbing in unconditioned areas should be thoroughly insulated. The cold can freeze the water inside the plumbing, which will expand and potentially burst the pipes. This is how people end up with flooded basements. Wrap all your metal pipes with foam insulation and secure it with a strong tape.
3. Clean & Test Drainage
Poor drainage will allow water to pool at the foundation, allowing it to seep into the basement. Clean your gutters and downspouts, clear out all debris and inspect them for any signs of damage. Hire a professional to repair the gutter system if necessary. If you have a sump pump, test it by pouring water into the basin until it’s reached the point that should trigger the pump to turn on.
The Dwyer Company has provided basement waterproofing services since 1973 to Lexington and Louisville, KY, and West Chester, OH. They’ll keep your foundation in pristine condition and your home waterproof with their services ranging from concrete repair to slabjacking. Their experienced team can handle commercial and residential projects of all sizes. Learn more about their services on their website. Schedule a free estimate from the Lexington location at (859) 231-0998, the Louisville location at (502) 489-5438, or their West Chester location at (513) 777-0998.