3 Ways to Keep Your Basement Dry During the Winter

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3 Ways to Keep Your Basement Dry During the Winter

Western New York is known for their harsh temperatures, snow and frozen ground during the winter months. All homeowners should be aware of how to take care of their homes to protect it from water damage during the cold winter months. It is very important to take the necessary steps prior to and during the winter to keep your basement dry and mold free during this season.

Winter can be just as detrimental as spring when it comes to water damage and flooding in your basement and can cause even more havoc to your home. Snow buildup can lead to a disaster in your basement, especially when it begins to melt. When snow that is surrounding our homes melts, it is right up against our basements and foundations. If the water is not pitched away from the home, then it can seep into our foundation and make its way inside through cracks or create new ones due to pressure building up. Grading may be necessary to create a positive pitch, so the ground and pitches water away from the house.

 Ways to Keep Your Basement Dry During the Winter

1. Remove Snow from Foundation
The most important and easiest way to prevent water from seeping into your basement during the winter is to make sure to remove snow from around the perimeter of the foundation. Maintain this as often you would your driveway, doing it frequently to prevent an accumulation. This will assist in keeping your basement dry throughout the winter months.

2. Clean and Maintain Your Gutters
A gutter is supposed to direct rainwater that comes off the edge of the roof away from the foundation of your home. However, if debris is built up, it will clog the gutter and downspout, causing it to drain incorrectly against the foundation. At the end of fall, check that your gutters are clean and free of leaves and other debris. Inspect your downspouts and make sure that they are directing the water far away enough from your home. A downspout extension is approximately 6-8 feet and can be attached if needed to ensure this. Underground drainage systems are also a great option, as they carry away the water to the street or storm drain.

3. Check Your Pipes
Throughout the winter, the freezing temperatures can cause trouble for pipes. Make sure to check your pipes prior to winter. Be on the lookout for leaks and moisture buildup in all areas. When water freezes, it expands, putting a great amount of pressure on your pipes. Make sure your pipes are properly insulated so they don’t freeze when temperatures drop. By continuously running water through your pipes, it will help keep your lines from freezing up. If the temperatures are very cold outside, keep a faucet slowly running. You should disconnect your hoses when temperatures drop below freezing. The cold can get through small cracks, make sure your home is properly insulated and sealed. Even the tiniest cracks can let cold air in and freeze your pipes.

Protect your home during the winter, as it is your biggest investment making it worth your time and effort. If you have any questions or concerns, be sure to contact a professional basement waterproofing company such as Comprehensive Mold Management. It can save you time and money down the road to ensure your basement is fit for every season and will stay dry and mold-free. Check out our website at www.compmold.com for more information.

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