Here’s what you need to know about keeping your basement dry.

Spring is nearly here, so today, I would like to discuss ways to keep your basement dry. The easiest method is to start by examining your gutters and ensuring they are clean. During winter, gutters can become full of snow, leaves, and tree limbs, causing water to collect and potentially infiltrate your basement. Cleaning your gutters is the most cost-effective way to reduce water near your basement. Additionally, it is essential to ensure water runs at least six feet away from your home to minimize water buildup around your foundation.

“Cleaning your gutters is the most cost-effective way to reduce water near your basement.”

Next, consider your landscaping. Do you have bushes or flower beds close to your foundation? If so, they require a lot of water, which can lead to water pressure against your foundation. Large trees are also a concern as their roots will hunt for water wherever they can find it, potentially causing damage to your foundation. In one case, a large tree had crushed a foundation multiple times, resulting in costly repairs.

By taking care of the area around your home, you can help prevent water from infiltrating your basement. Be mindful of what’s happening outside, and you’ll be able to keep your foundation free of water. Remember to keep your eye on the size of your trees to prevent potential damage. 

If you have questions about these tips or anything else, please call or email us. We are always willing to help!