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As a homeowner, you probably know the basement is a vulnerable part of your house regarding water damage. With damp weather and heavy storms, water can seep into the lower level and cause costly damage. If you’re looking for ways to prevent these disasters, here are a few tips to keep a basement dry.

Clear the Gutters and Downspouts

Clogged gutters and downspouts cause rainwater to pool around your home’s foundation, leading to moisture seeping into the crawlspace or basement. To avoid this, make sure gutters are cleaned out at least twice each year, particularly during autumn when leaves fall from trees. Additionally, check that downspouts extend at least eight feet away from your home, so runoff isn’t flowing towards the basement walls or foundation.

Inspect Exterior Walls to Keep a Basement Dry

Cracks, gaps, and holes in exterior walls allow water to enter your home, resulting in mold growth, rot, and other water damage that can lead to costly repairs. To avoid this, inspect exterior walls for any cracks or holes that have developed. If you find any openings, fill them with caulk or patching compound to keep water out.

If you’re unsure of the cause of cracks or gaps, hire a structural professional to inspect your home. Verifying that settling and foundation issues aren’t causing damage to your property is essential.

Install a Sump Pump

Sump pumps are devices used to keep basements dry by removing excess water from around the foundation. Depending on the size of your property, you may need multiple pumps installed throughout the yard to protect it from flooding. Consult with a plumber to assess whether installing a sump pump is necessary for keeping your basement dry year-round.

Keeping a basement dry is essential to protect the home from water damage and related issues such as mold growth and rot. By following simple tips like regularly cleaning out gutters, inspecting exterior walls for cracks or holes, and installing sump pumps if necessary, you ensure your basement stays dry no matter the weather. You’ll save money on repairs to water-damaged areas, protect your belongings, and reduce mold growth. You will also feel peace of mind that your investment is protected.

By taking these preventive measures now, you can rest assured knowing you’ve done what you can to protect one of the most critical parts of your home.

Outlook Home Inspections offers inspection services to customers in Charlotte and upstate South Carolina. Contact us to request an appointment.