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.
Here’s what to look for:
  • visible flooding on the floor – an inch of water clearly has no place on your floor.
  • water trickling across the floor, but not yet covering the floor completely
  • a humid, damp, and stuffy basement is a bad sign – this could indicate wet or decaying wood or concrete.
  • a musty smell coming from the carpets
  • loose tiles – they may have become loose from moisture underneath.
  • according to Bob Vila, “efflorescence, a chalky white substance left by the evaporation of water, may be seen on the walls.”
If you see any or all of these signs you need to take immediate action. Mold and mildew can form as a result of moisture. Here are a few of the ways you can fix your wet basement or prevent further damage:
  • rid your basement of any water damaged furniture or other possessions.
  • direct water away from the house – proper drainage is a must!
  • keep your gutters and downspouts clean to prevent them from overflowing or becoming damaged with leaks and holes.
  • make sure your sump pump is working!
  • use a dehumidifier if necessary
  • waterproof your walls
The Gus Anthony Team is not an expert of basement maintenance, but we are advocates for our friends and family (that includes you). For more tips about maintaining your basement visit these sites and learn from the experts!
Do you have any questions? ASK OUR CONTRACTOR (askacontractor@gusanthony.com)!