Spring is upon us. Fortunately this winter was mild enough that the big “spring thaw” will likely pose few threats. However, spring does mean rainshowers. Rain plus an improperly maintained basement equals flooding. Today we will focus on basement maintenance.
Common causes of wet basements include:
- Surface water: the foundation of your home may be sloped so that water flows towards the house as opposed to away.
- Groundwater: during prolonged periods of heavy rain the ground around your home may become saturated. If the water level around your house rises above your basement, water is sure to leak in.
- Humidity: moist air may condense on your basement walls. This can be a result of outdoor temperatures or inside activities.