With the Spring and Summer being as wet as they have been, we are sure that wet basements or flooded basements have been a big problem for some in our Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia service area. We are here to help you learn how to make your wet basement a dry zone.
1. Clean those gutters: Gutters filled with leaves, sticks and other debris can be a huge problem. Water can flow over the sides of the gutters, or run down the side of your home. Keeping gutters clean helps move water down the proper channels.
2. Make sure downspouts are hooked up properly: also make sure downspouts move down and well away from the foundation of your home.
3. Inspect the exterior of your foundation for cracks: If there is a lot of rain, it will find it’s way into your basement or crawlspace via cracks. Keeping an eye out for new cracks and addressing them promptly will make a huge difference.
4. Make sure that the grading around your home moves down and away from the foundation: This is just purely a way to ensure water flows down and away from the foundation of your home.
5. Install exterior drainage and water collection: Rain barrels, French drains and other options are available. We can provide a free inspection to find the right exterior drainage system for your home.
1. Have a sump pump/battery backup installed: Matthews recommends a sump pump be installed in homes in areas that see a lot of rain, flooding. A battery backup will ensure that when power is out your pump keeps on functioning. We install complete waterproofing systems and have a page on our website with waterproofing costs listed, so you can get an idea of what it would take to get you setup with a great sump pump, pit, basin, and battery backup solution.
2. Install a vapor barrier: Vapor barriers keep out water and prevent other problems attributed to moisture and dampness. Prevent mold, mildew, critter infestations and more with a quality vapor barrier from Matthews Wall Anchor.
3. Investigate drainage options for the interior of your home: These can work in conjunction with the exterior drainage we install. Again, we provide free estimates and can find a solution for your very specific water problem.
4. Just like on the outside, watch for new cracks in your basement, crawlspace: Keep an eye out for water stains as well. Musty odors are another giveaway that water has found its way into your home.
These are just a few tips that might help you when it comes to wet basements. Our goal is to provide the very best waterproofing solutions in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and parts of West Virginia which are in our service area. For a dry zone in our service area, you won’t find a better, more dedicated team than Matthews Wall Anchor. Call today to find your way to a basement dry zone that you can enjoy or use for storage as needed for years to come.