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Autumn Maintenance Tips That Will Ensure A Dry Basement Next Spring

It’s a prayer frequently uttered at the beginning of winter: “Please, don’t let the snow and the rain get into my basement.”  Just because it’s raining outside, doesn’t mean it has to be wet in your basement.  And water really shouldn’t end up there.  A leaky basement can lead to mold infestations, which are never good news.  Mold can cause constant headaches, summer colds, and worsen asthma attacks.  Leaky basements will damage your belongings and rot the wood that is framing the house, creating a breeding ground for insects.  Below we’ve described some preventative tips to assist with your London Ontario basement waterproofing.

Things You Can Do to Avoid Wet Basement Repairs

If you take preventative measures in your autumn clean-up, then the weather will stay outdoors come springtime.  Usually the reason for wet basement repair issues is problems outside the home.  If you take the following precautions, you may be able to stop a potential wet basement issue before it starts:

  • Gutters: When gutters are clogged, water running off the roof has nowhere to drain but over the edge of the gutter.  This usually spills water against the foundation and potentially into your basement.  Cleaning gutters should be a part of your regular routine.  For the best results, inspect the gutters in autumn after most of the leaves have fallen and then again in the spring.
  • Downspouts: Make sure your downspouts are directed away from the foundation.
  • Foundation: Make sure that the earth around your home’s foundation drains down and away from the house.  If needed, add additional dirt to build up the slope or fill the area with a high clay content dirt or soil.  Avoid using black dirt. 
  • Basement windows: Inspect these to see that the gravel at the bottom of the window well hasn’t been clogged with leaves or newly sprouted plants.  Loosen up the gravel to restore drainage.
  • Swimming pools: When emptying your pool for the winter, avoid wet basement repair issues by de-chlorinating the water before disposing of it and ensuring the water is drained far from your house.
  • Lawn: If you over-seed your lawn with ryes and fescues in the fall, it will not only thicken up your grass next spring, but it will also reduce the amount of water your lawn requires. 

Avoiding Wet Basement Repair: When Prevention Isn’t an Option

Sometimes you’re past the point of prevention and you need to start attempting to fix the issue.  While still employing the preventative techniques listed above, here are other things you can do to help with your London Ontario basement waterproofing:

  • Install a backwater valve and a basement sump pump
  • Cracks in the foundation: Sometimes you can’t see the cracks, but they’re there.  In theory, fixing the problem is simple: just seal the cracks up!  However, cracks can’t be properly sealed from the inside of the house; it should be done from the outside. Stop the water at the source.
  • It’s possible to run into problems with DIY foundation digging.  If you don’t feel comfortable with what you are doing, you could further damage the wall or underground pipes and wires.  Your best bet at this point is to call a professional for your London Ontario basement waterproofing.  BEST Plumbing and Drainage is one of the most well equipped full-service drainage and waterproofing companies in Southwestern Ontario.  Don’t leave your leaky basement problems for too long.  Contact our London Ontario waterproofing service for more information.

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