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Here’s How to Prevent Basement Flooding in Your Home

Here's How to Prevent Basement Flooding in Your HomeBasement flooding doesn’t just leave you with a mess to clean up, it can also cause extensive and expensive water damage. Instead of waiting to see if your basement floods this spring, you can avoid dealing with the aftermath by taking smart steps to keep any water out. Here is what you should do.

Inspect Your Gutter System

Seal any gaps or leaks, secure all connections and make sure each downspout is well attached and properly positioned. If a draining downspout is depositing water close to your foundation, add extension troughs so it’s routed at least three feet away. Additionally, keep the gutters free of any debris that might impede water flow and cause it to back up or overflow.

Get Foundation Cracks Fixed

Check for cracks on the exterior of the foundation, as well as on any unfinished basement walls. Minor cracks should be sealed with epoxy outdoors and masonry sealant indoors. If you find any extensive cracking or wider gaps, you should talk to a basement waterproofing specialist.

Have a Functional Sump Pump

Test your pump so you know for sure that it’s in working condition, then clear the pit of any debris. If you don’t have a generator to keep the pump going if a storm causes a power outage, you should have it on a battery backup.

Give the Sewer System Some TLC

When the soil becomes saturated by spring rains, your basement is vulnerable to a sewer line backup. To lower the risk of this happening, have the tank pumped out if you’re on a septic system, and get your main sewer line checked by a plumbing professional who can clear any obstructions.

Assess Your Foundation Grading

An inadequate slope around the foundation can let water into your basement during or after a rain. You can lessen the likelihood of this by making sure the soil stops at least four inches from the top of your foundation, and that it slopes away at an inch per foot.

For more tips on preventing basement flooding in your Peachtree City home, contact us at Powers Heating & Air.

 

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Is There Moisture in Your Basement? Stop Long-Term Problems

Is There Moisture in Your Basement? Stop Long-Term ProblemsYour basement may have a musky smell and damp air, and this can signify that you could have a major problem. Having moisture in your basement is more than an inconvenience; it can have severe long-term effects on your home.

One major problem of having a damp basement is the health problems that it may bring. Respiratory illnesses can be caused by the mold and bacteria that thrive in moist environments. If you or anyone in your home has asthma, it can also be irritated by the same particles in the air.

Structural damage is another major issue with a humid basement. The following aspects of your home can be impacted because of the moisture:

  • rotting wood in your home’s structure
  • cracking concrete floors
  • destruction of paint on your walls

These structural issues demand immediate attention, otherwise your home will be in danger. For both health, safety, and financial concerns, finding the source of your moisture problem and reducing the it should be an immediate concern.

Although Peachtree City can be quite humid in the summer, the source of your problem may not only be weather-related. You may have a leak in your home, and a simple repair job will solve the problem. For weather-related humidity, there is a different fix. Your A/C should be removing some of the humidity in the air of your home, but there may be a leak in the air ducts causing the system to be less efficient. The system may also may need a little help doing the job, and an efficient dehumidifier can remove some of the excess moisture in the air.

Powers Heating and Air provides heating and cooling services to Peachtree City and the surrounding area. Contact us for any questions about moisture in your basement or any of your other needs.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Peachtree City, Georgia and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).

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