Summer is in full swing, and many of us in Northern Virginia are rejoicing at the warm weather and sunny days the region has experienced lately. We've been able to shed our winter coats and go for a jog in our local parks or take a day trip to DC for museum-hopping. However, summer also has a dark side: it's hurricane season.
Hurricane season stretches from June to November, unfortunately leaving plenty of time for a hurricane to affect the Northern Virginia area. Hurricanes can cause power outages, damage from debris, and flooding. In short, hurricanes can be a nightmare for homeowners.
You can't control the weather, but a hurricane doesn't have to cause big flood in your basement. Here are some steps you can take to prepare your basement for the worst weather that summer can bring.
1. Repair Any Foundation Cracks
If your foundation has cracks, water is more likely to get inside and cause damage. Foundation cracks can be hard to detect, but before a summer storm hits, take some time to inspect your foundation and locate any cracks or other weak spots. It's important that you find this early on, as even small cracks can lead to serious structural problems. You're probably able to patch minor cracks yourself, but to ensure a long-lasting and effective solution, contact a foundation repair specialist.
2. Install a Sump Pump
A sump pump is a pump in your basement that collects excess water and sends it away from your home. These are a crucial extra line of defense that can stop heavy summer rain and hurricanes from creating a mess in your basement and a hefty repair bill. Not all homes use sump pumps, but they are a very worthy investment that will grant you both peace of mind and a drier basement. Learn more about sump pumps.
3. Have Your Basement Professionally Waterproofed!
The best way to make sure your basement is prepared for any upcoming nasty summer weather is to contact an expert waterproofing company. NV Waterproofing is proud to serve the Northern Virginia, DC, and Maryland region with expert wet basement solutions. We can make sure your basement is well-protected by filling any foundation cracks, installing a sump pump, preparing both the interior and exterior of your basement wall, and whatever else your basement needs. We have had years of experience protecting basements against heavy rain.
Don't wait until a hurricane arrives to protect your basement! Contact us today at (703) 690-3889!