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Secrets of a Dry Basement

This would normally be a topic reserved for the spring time, but with the unseasonable warmth and rainfall in the forecast, it doesn’t feel a typical January here in the Stateline!

At this point in the year, we’re normally dealing with snow, ice and all the other joys of winter. However, over the last few days and for the next few ahead, we’re going to see heavy amounts of rainfall combined with abnormally mild temperatures.

Add these two factors and what do you get? Lots and lots of water!

All this extra water will be looking for a place to go. Some of this additional moisture will soak into the ground, but given the current frozen ground conditions and the sheer abundance of liquid, much of it will remain above ground and create a sloppy, swampy mess.

This could be bad news for your basement if your home isn’t prepared!

Standing water will always travel to the lowest point possible if it can’t be absorbed into the ground. Because of this, basement flooding is a common occurrence when we see heavy rainfall or melting show – both of which we’re expecting this week. Luckily, there are a few steps you can take to keep your basement dry.

  • Check your sump pump! Sump pumps are one of the most important defenses against basement flooding, so you’ll want to make sure it’s working properly. Next time you’re in the basement, pour some water into the sump pit. It should kick on and remove the excess water once it reaches a certain point in the pit. If the pump doesn’t kick on, carefully check to make sure there’s nothing blocking the sensor. With routine maintenance and a battery back-up, most sump pumps are reliable for 15 years. If it’s time to consider a new sump pump or you aren’t comfortable with doing sump pump maintenance yourself, give Pearson a call for free estimate!Remove debris away from the side of your house. Piles of leaves and other yard debris by the side of your home can allow water to collect and seep into your house which can cause a lot of damage. This is often a problem in fall when the leaves have just fallen, but it’s a good idea to check the sides of your home each month and clear away any clutter. Melting snow and rainwater can move around yard debris which will easily end up next to your siding.Check your gutters and downspouts. Take a look at your gutters to make sure there’s no blockages and draining water can flow freely. Make sure your downspouts are empty, properly attached and carrying water at least 6 feet away from your home. This will help keep the extra precipitation and melting snow from getting into your basement.

These tips won’t guarantee a dry basement, but they will increase your chances of keeping the water out! If you need assistance with your sump pump, just call Pearson! Often, we can solve your problem that same day.

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