One of the most important things for new homeowners to do is check the waterproofing of their basement. A home's basement is one of the biggest targets for rain damage, and it can also be one of the most severe, since water damage can soak into your foundation. Here are some things that you can do to make your basement more waterproof.
Stop Rainwater in its Tracks
One of the worst sources of basement floods is rainwater that pools near the house. In order to prevent rainwater from building up near your house, you should make sure that your gutters direct the water several feet away from the house, and that they are free of debris. It's also important to make sure that rainwater can't collect next to the foundation of your house. Ensure that the ground around your basement is in a downward slope, so that water will flow away from the house and not towards it.
Get Rain Guards for Windows
Basement windows can also encourage rain to come into the house. You may not even realize that your window is leaking until it's too late and water has started seeping down the wall and into the cracks. You can waterproof your basement windows by adding a rain shield that covers the windows and allows in light, but not water. There are many over the counter caulking solutions that you can apply to the sides of the window, as well, so that the edges don't begin to leak.
Keep a Dehumidifier
If you live in a rainy climate, even the presence of days of rain can cause your basement to become damp and moldy. Prevent this health hazard by adding a dehumidifier to your basement to remove excess moisture.
In order to completely protect your home from flooding and other rain damage, it is important to have a professional, like those at Sohan and Sons, waterproof your home. There are a few reasons why a professional basement waterproofing is essential. First of all, the waterproofing is comprehensive; a repair team can completely insulate your basement from floods by adding water resistant coating to walls, fixing cracks and faulty insulation, and adding waterproof materials to the structure of your home. A waterproofing professional can suggest some interventions for directing water away from your home and preventing water damage throughout the house.
Water damage can be a disaster for new homeowners. Thankfully, there are many things that you can do on your own and with the help of a professional to make your basement water resistant.