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Maintain Your Basement

6/14/2024 (Permalink)

Flooded basement. Follow the tips below to keep your basement as dry as possible.

As we enter into summer, we can expect a lot of rainstorms. It is important to maintain your basement to avoid flooding, water damage, and mold if water levels rise. To avoid costly repairs and to keep peace of mind, follow the tips below to keep your basement as dry as possible. 

  • Gutters and Downspouts: Clean out any leaves, sticks, and debris from gutters and downspouts. Make sure to reattach gutters that have been pulled away from your house during the winter. Run a hose on the roof to check for proper drainage. By doing this, you can spot out if there are any leaks, preventing potential basement flooding and water damage. 
  • Get Caulky: Inspect caulking and replace it if deteriorating. Make sure to scrape out all the eroding caulk. It is important that all access to the outdoors is properly sealed to avoid water and moisture entering your basement. 
  • Check Your Sump Pump: A sump pump automatically pumps water out of your basement when water finds a way in. As excess moisture comes in during the spring, it is important to make sure that your sump pump is working correctly. You can test your sump pump by removing the lid and slowly pouring water into its well. As the well fills up the sump pump float should turn the pump on. Once it is on, it will complete its cycle and turn itself off automatically. 
  • Schedule an Appointment with SERVPRO®: One of our franchise professionals can inspect your basement along with your home. We will make sure that your dehumidifier and HVAC are maintained and working correctly to avoid mold growth. 

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