3 Things Vital To Having A Dry Basement

Posted on: 9 August 2017

Are you tired of having a basement that floods almost every time it rains? Are you thinking about paying to have your basement waterproofed? Having your basement waterproofed is definitely worth no longer having to worry about things in your basement getting damaged or being destroyed whenever it rains. But in order to get the most out of the waterproofing, there are a few things that you may need to do to help your home stay as dry as possible. Some of these things include:

Repair or replace gutters: The less water there is trying to get into your basement, the better your newly installed basement waterproofing will work. Depending on the size of your home, a mild to moderate storm could translate into hundreds or even thousands of gallons of rain being dumped onto your roof. Without a working gutter system, this water will wind up right at your basement walls. A gutter system that has been properly installed and maintained will help direct water away from your house's foundation. While this can also help keep your basement dryer even without new waterproofing being installed, it's not going to be able to completely prevent flooding on its own.

Change your landscaping: It's not unusual to find that some or all of your yard slopes towards your home. Even with the best basement waterproofing and gutter system, land like this can result in more water than not getting into your basement. If you can't afford to pay to regrade your yard so that the water flows away from your home, talk to your waterproofing company about at least installing a French drain along the outside of your home in order to direct as much water as possible away from the house itself. If you live in a location that sees rain almost every day, talk to a professional gardener about also potentially installing some water-hungry plants and shrubs around the perimeter of your home to soak up as much rain as possible.

Install a generator: As part of your basement waterproofing, you'll probably have a sump pump installed in your basement. As water tries to get in, the sump pump will vacuum it up and send it into the sewer system or outside, depending on what's best for your location. But if a storm makes the power go out, the sump pump will no longer be able to run and your basement may flood again. Even if you don't care whether or not the rest of your home has power after a storm, it's a good idea to get a backup generator to power your sump pump. The initial investment may be higher than you'd like, but having to replace damaged things after a storm could cost you even more in the long run.