Scott J. Binsack, CEO of Mansions and Estates International Consulting

Is your basement leaking? Many homes suffer from chronic basement leaks which prompt property owners to pull out the sump pump in order to clear out the water.

Flooded basements can be a real hassle and a hazard, as you not only stand to lose your personal belongings, but you may also see serious property and even structural damage.

So how can you take measures to keep your basement dry? Consider the following tips and tricks.

Preventing basement flooding and water damage starts with the area outside your home. An experienced landscaping crew can evaluate your property and install plantings and structures that will divert water away from the foundation of your home. Strategically-placed plantings can also absorb a lot of the water, while securing the soil and preventing erosion that will only exacerbate damage to your foundation and your home’s basement.

Pay special attention to the area surrounding your basement windows and doors, as these areas are especially prone to seeing water penetration. Use caulking to thoroughly seal the area around the doors and use rubber weatherstripping inside the door sill and window sills.

Installing drainage channels for the gutter downspouts to lead the water away from your home is also ideal because if you have standing water up against your foundation, it’s just a matter of time before water seeps through and causes damage.

Monitor the basement and foundation for any cracks or deterioration. Make repairs and seal the cracks immediately to prevent further damage.

Also make note of any musty or damp odors, as this indicates a small, chronic leak. Finding the source and repairing the damage is key to avoiding damage. It’s also wise to store all items that are prone to water damage inside sealed plastic bags, which can then be placed inside a watertight storage container.

If your basement does flood, it’s essential to pump out the water as soon as possible. Once the standing water is removed, use box fans to dry the floors and foundation further. Install a dehumidifier to draw the moisture out of the air; this will help to prevent mold formation.

Always keep a close eye on the flood-prone areas to monitor for any mold formation in the days or weeks after the flooding event.

If you’re seeking an experienced building consultant for a home renovation or remodel, contact “Scott Binsack,” CEO and founder of Mansions & Estates International. Call 800.956.3855.

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