Five Steps to a Dry Basement
Friday, May 27th, 2011 by Thrasher
The rainy season is in full swing, and many homeowners are battling to keep their basement dry. According to the American Society of Home Inspectors, a wet basement plagues about 60% of all homes. This is not a situation to ignore, as wet basements can be a breeding ground for mold. However, with minimal effort, homeowners can avoid a wet basement and maintain a healthy, safe environment for their families.
Five Simple Steps to a Dry Basement
1) Start Outside
Keeping gutters clean of debris should be considered routine maintenance. When gutters are blocked, the rain will often spill out and fall near your foundation and eventually seep through the concrete walls of your home. Do your downspouts extend at least ten feet from the home? Ten feet is the minimum distance recommended to discharge water from your roof and away from your house.
If it's time for new gutters for your home, call us at Thrasher for a free inspection and quote, with no obligation. We now provide outstanding gutter and extension options for keeping your basement and foundation moisture-free.
Check the seals of doors and windows. When the wind blows during a rainstorm, it can force water up against the house. This water will run down the siding, around the windows, and into the window wells. It is also essential to make sure window wells have proper drainage and covers if possible.
If you're interested in new or replacement egress windows, contact us at Thrasher. Whatever your reason is for adding an egress window to your home ~ increased property value, safety and peace of mind, or additional space, Thrasher's team of foundation repair experts have the experience, training, and high-quality egress window products you need.
3) Dry the air
Even if you don't have any leaks, humidity in an enclosed space can create condensation. This type of moisture makes a perfect environment for mold and rot to occur. Controlling the humidity in your home is simple with a dehumidifier such as the SaniDry Basement and Crawl Space Air System.
Remember, what's downstairs is upstairs. Your basement or crawlspace is part of the inside of your home as a whole. If there is high humidity and must odors downstairs, it will affect the upstairs environment. Therefore, by drying your basement or crawlspace, the SaniDry will help your whole house be drier and healthier.
4) Install the right sump pump
Failing sump pumps are the leading cause of basement flooding and water problems. Traditional sump pumps typically fail for one of three reasons. 1) Mechanical failure. 2) Overwhelmed pump capacity. 3) Power source interruption or failure. With the TripleSafe Sump Pump offered by Thrasher Foundation Repair, you can count on a dry basement all the time.
Additionally, our outstanding Service team is ready to help ensure your sump pump is working optimally with regular maintenance. Ask your Service Technician about our Thrasher Care Club maintenance program. We're here to help!
5) Hire a professional
If you have already had water in your basement, you should seek professional help. Thrasher Foundation Repair has highly trained and certified waterproofing professionals who will examine your basement, determine what type of leak you have, and recommend the best and most cost-efficient way to fix it. Call us or contact us online for a free inspection and no-obligation quote.