I’m sure we have all had an eloquent sufficiency of snow, and with March 20th approaching, Spring will bring interesting headaches to homeowners. As the next snow storm is fast approaching, those 500 lb ice dams can’t possibly get any larger, everyone’s back is bothering them from having to shovel, relentlessly, take some time and asses your basement. It may not seem like it, but your basement could be your next big headache! Once the rain and warmer temperatures return to the northeast, all that water is going to leech into your ground and your basement is where it wants to go!
This is a sight that plagued my parents, waking up one morning to find the basement looked like this. Obviously, we all have junk and storage in our basements, but if water gets in there, it could be a lot more than an inconvenience, it can be a health and safety concern. Stagnant water is the breeding ground for mold and mildews, if the right combination of moisture and temperature combined, you can have a mess on your hands faster than you thought.
Some tips for preparing for the thaw out:
1.) Get Your Belongings Off The Ground! – most times we have our appliances on pallets or stands to prevent water from ruining them, not a bad idea to get the rest of your storage up off the ground.
2.) Keep Your Belongings Away From The Foundation Walls – When the water table goes up, and the earth around your home is saturated with water, it will wick its way through your foundation and ruin anything in its path.
3.) Check Sump & Bilge Pumps – if your home has a sump or bilge pump and you haven’t checked it, it could fail and you have an insurance claim to deal with.
Even when you take pre-cautions, there can be factors that can determine how much water will be in your basement. If you have a basement that floods every year, it maybe time to think about more aggressive water diversion. The most common remedy is having a french style drain installed. A french drain is something that is installed under your basement floor, a trench is made, rocks are used to slow the flow of the incoming water down, and a system of PVC pipes diverts water to a sump pump permanently installed into your basement floor that pumps the water out and away from the foundation.
Alternative Weatherization can help in evaluating your basement and coming up with solutions that work best for your home and budget, contact us today to set up an assessment, we can usually come out same day, and find solutions to all your home, energy, and weatherization needs!