Preventing Basement Leaks

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Does your basement tend to get leaky and wet in the spring? You are not alone. Each year, thousands of Canadians experience that. The good news, however, is that leaks (unlike floods which sometimes can’t be helped at all) are not that difficult to prevent

So how exactly do you prevent them? The first thing that you will have to do is find out where the moisture comes from. For that two happen, you will need two simple tools: plastic wrap and tape. First tape the plastic wrap to a discoloured area of the foundation and wait for moisture to form on it. If the moisture can be found on the outside the plastic wrap, a simple dehumidifier can usually do the trick to get rid of the moisture. However, if the moisture can be found on the inside of the plastic wrap, this generally denotes a more serious problem. That’s right: It might be time for you to clean your gutters.

Clean your gutters of any leaves and debris that may have accumulated during the winter. Clogged gutters have the tendency to overflow, causing water to pool around the foundation of a house. We also recommend that you install downspout extenders to direct water away from your house. The next thing that you have to do is change your grading, adding soil as needed to ensure that the water is being properly diverted from the foundation of your house.

If cracks can be found along the foundation of your basement, we also highly recommend that you repair them. You can refer to this wonderful guide if you are unsure of how to do this.