When it rains during the rainy season, it pours. And when it pours, your Northern Virginia home’s basement is far more likely to flood than normal. To keep water from flooding your basement and to avoid the hassles associated with water damage, follow these simple plumbing and home maintenance steps.
Inspect Foundation Wall
One way that water finds its way into a home is through cracks in the foundation. Water can also find entry through the saturation of soil that has accumulated over a home’s siding. Closely inspect your home’s foundation, brushing away any soil that is clinging to your lower walls and seal any cracks and gaps you find.
One of the most effective ways to keep rainwater out of your home is to stay on top of a gutter cleaning and maintenance routine. Thoroughly clean your gutters so that water can quickly pass through them, extending or redirecting downspouts if they are within 10 feet of your home’s foundation.
Cover Window Wells
If you have basement windows or other below-grade windows on your property, clean them of debris and cover them with clear, plastic covers. This will prevent water from penetrating your basement through gaps in window seals without blocking natural light.
Test Sump Pump
Check your sump pump’s discharge pipe to make sure it’s extended far enough away from your home, and test your sump pump to ensure that it’s still in good working order. If it isn’t, discuss with your plumber whether it should be repaired or replaced. If your Northern Virginia home has a basement but no sump pump, contact a local plumbing professional to have an automatic sump pump installed in your home.
Keeping water out of your home’s basement is simple if you install an automatic sump pump. To employ the help of an experienced basement waterproofing and sump pump installation professional in Arlington, contact All Plumbing, Inc. at (703) 525-7973.