Spring is the time for homeowners to start thinking about preparing their homes and waterproofing the basement for warmer weather. If you live in an area that experiences long, cold winters like Ontario, it’s essential to check your home’s waterproofing needs before spring arrives. Basements are particularly vulnerable to water damage during this season because of melting snow and rain runoff. Taking some simple steps now can help protect your basement from costly repairs in the future.
Check Your Basement
The first step in preparing your basement for spring is simply checking on its current condition so you know what areas need attention moving forward. Start by looking around all walls and floors of the area to determine if there are any signs of moisture or water damage (e.g., dampness/musty smell). Pay close attention to corners near windows or doors since these spots attract more condensation due to temperature changes between inside/outside air temperatures during winter. Request an inspection from Crackmasters Waterproofing if any indications of water damage or mold are observed.
Check Your Sump Pump
The most crucial part of protecting your basement against flooding is ensuring that your sump pump works properly. This device collects any groundwater or surface water that enters through the foundation walls or floor and pumps it away from the house so it doesn’t cause damage inside. A working sump pump must be checked and maintained regularly, especially before winter. If you don’t, it could stop working when you need it the most.
Check your sump pump by looking at the power cord and ensuring all the connections are tight. Use a multimeter to test for any shorts or other electrical problems. You should also check the battery backup system if you have one installed – this will help ensure that your sump pump is still operational even in a power outage. Finally, ensure no obstructions are blocking the inlet or outlet pipes and that they’re free from debris such as leaves or dirt.
Inspect for Leaks and Cracks
Inspecting your basement walls and floors for signs of leaks or cracks is another critical step toward ensuring water does not find its way into your home this spring. Look closely at areas where two materials join (such as concrete and brick). These can be particularly vulnerable to water damage over time due to expansion/contraction caused by temperature changes throughout the year. Also, look for spots on the walls or floors that have changed color. This could mean that water is getting in behind them!
If you do find an area with potential leaking issues then it is best to call in Crackmasters to assess the damage and provide a tailored solution. We can also recommend preventative measures such as installing drainage systems or coatings to help protect your basement from water in the future.
Clean Gutters and Downspouts
Another important task for keeping your basement dry this spring is cleaning out the gutters and downspouts on your home’s exterior. This will ensure that rainwater or melted snow runs away from the house rather than pooling around it, which could lead to seepage through foundation walls or floors. You should also ensure that all drains are free from debris, so they don’t become blocked during heavy rainfall events – this will help keep water away from vulnerable areas like doorways and windowsills.
Taking care of your home’s foundation is another critical step in ensuring that your basement stays dry throughout the spring. Since even a slight foundational rift can cause water to seep into your basement, these cracks and crevices must be appropriately sealed to prevent water from leaking. Inspect the interior and outside of your house for any signs of foundational damage. Depending on the issues you find, you may also require a specialist to help waterproofing the basement for these areas. In any event, get a head start on the expected heavy rains this spring.
Make Sure the Ground is Graded
Proper ground grading around homes is essential for keeping basements dry during the spring and summer. The ground should be graded away from your foundation so that rainwater runs off instead of pooling near it. If this is not done correctly, water can seep into cracks in your foundation walls and cause serious moisture problems inside the basement. Use a straight edge to measure how far down the base of each wall extends below grade level (ground surface) to see if your ground needs to be regraded. It should extend at least six inches below grade level all along its perimeter; if not, have a Crackmasters come out and make some adjustments.
Check for Pooling Water
Another common issue that can cause basement flooding during the wet months of spring is pooling water around your foundation walls. Several things, such as improper ground grading or blocked gutters/downspouts, could cause this. To prevent this from happening, inspect your home’s exterior regularly throughout the springtime and ensure no pools of standing water near your foundation walls. If you find any areas where rainwater accumulates, take steps to address them as fast as possible.
Install or Replace Window Well Coverings
Check the window wells and the quality of your waterproofing methods in the spring if your home has a basement. You will want to ensure these locations are in good shape because of the potential for water buildup during this season’s heavy rains.
Notably, you can get your basement ready for spring in Ontario right now with these few easy measures. Checking sump pumps, inspecting for leaks/cracks, and cleaning gutters/downspouts are all essential tasks when it comes to waterproofing the basement before springs arrive. Finally, if you are unsure about anything, consult professional waterproofing experts like Crackmasters, who can assess the problem and provide tailored solutions to your needs!