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Why does my basement leak when it rains?

Thursday, August 16th, 2018 by Sabrina Hunter

Basement Floods

The basement is the foundation of your home, but they are they are prone to flooding. Even in dry weather, gravity pulls water from the high ground down to the low ground, causing leaks in the basement.

If you notice water in your basement, it is crucial to determine if this is going to be a recurring problem.

Why does my basement leak when it rains: Where to begin your inspection

Gutters and Downspouts First check to see if your gutters and downspouts are clogged, with leaves and debris. If so, clear them out. The gutter system manages the flow of rainwater, from the rooftop to the ground. A functioning gutter system will divert water away from the foundation of your home. To protect your home from water damage, keep your gutters clean.

Water Pooling –If water pools around the foundation of your home, this can lead to a leaky basement. Make sure the downspouts drain far enough away from the foundation. This will prevent gravity from pulling the water down, into the basement.

Grading – Positive grading directs rainwater away from your home. If you find the grading is sloping towards your home, you can resolve this by using a skilled landscaper in grading.

Foundation Drainage – Most houses are built with a drainage system to control the flow of water away from the foundation and basement. Check to see if you have a drainage system. Without the proper grading in the soil or downspout extensions, rainwater will make its way into the basement. Especially, through cracks or holes in the basement walls.

If you discover a flood in the basement, it can be overwhelming. To prevent serious water damage to your home a gutter protection system can be installed over your existing gutters. Gutter Helmet is among America’s #1 choice for gutter protection. Water will be correctly diverted away from your home, reducing the risk of basement flooding. Weathertite Systems can assess your gutter system and provide a solution for your home. Call Weathertite Systems today for a free estimate on 1-203-528-4727.

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