Spring Time Checklist to Keep Your Basement Dry

Spring has sprung, which means it’s time to pack up your parka and check your basement for leaks. We have a few simple items to check each spring as the ground thaws that can help catch leaks early, prevent extensive basement damage and keep your socks dry!

Sump Pump

Sump pumps play an essential role in keeping your basement dry, especially when it is prone to flooding. Make sure to inspect your sump pump, the plug-in, and the drainage system. If you are unsure, have someone check it for you.

Not only should you check the sump pump, but the areas around it as well, see if there is any sitting water. If you do not have a sump pump in your home, make sure you have a drainage system in place as water can collect quickly.

Sump Pump Discharge Hose

If you have taken off your sump pumps discharge line (i.e., hose) outside your home or building during the winter months, now is the time to reinstall your line. 

The discharge line should be placed on a slope that is a minimum of five-degrees.  The degree of slope will help prevent water from pooling around the foundation of your property.

Backwater Valves

Backwater valves keep sewer backflows from entering your home, acting as a one-way valve. This is very important to keep water and other waste away from your basement.

You can perform backwater valve maintenance yourself, but if you’re at all unsure about what to look for, we recommend contacting someone to do an inspection.

Hot Water Heater

The hot water heater worked hard during the winter months; check it to see if there are any leaks and if the heater is working overall. If it is leaking, contact someone who is familiar with hot water tanks for help and get it sorted out as soon as possible.

Basement Windows

Damaged caulking or cracks in the window can be a common cause of basement flooding. This allows water to access the basement from the outside. Look for pooling water inside the home, below the window or outside the home in the window wells. If you have pooling in your window wells, they may be draining improperly and should be fixed as soon as possible.

Fixtures

Even small leaks can cause damage to your basement, check the faucets and taps in your basement and see if they are leaking. Fixing this could save your water bills, walls, and floors in your home!

Eavestroughs and Downspouts

It’s not a fun job to clean out your eavestroughs, but if they are clogged or broken, they can cause overflow and flooding in and around the base of your home. Make sure the downspouts are well connected and directed away from your home; if pointed towards or close to your home base, it can cause excessive flooding.

Foundation

It’s hard to inspect the condition of your foundation when snow is covering it. Once melted, make sure to get a close inspection of the foundation both outside your home and in your basement. Look for cracks, damage and even mould. If you find anything, make sure to have this fixed right away.

If you think that there is already a water leak in your basement, there are a few indicators to look for. This includes but is not limited to; dampness or brown stains on the walls or ceiling, mould or mildew, water stained, cracked, warped or damp flooring, rust stains, or musty odour.

Many basement leaks can be avoided by being proactive; identifying leaks in your basement in a timely manner is essential to prevent further water damage. Contact us today to waterproof your basement!