How to Protect Your Basement from Water Damage
Basement water damage is a commonplace issue that nevertheless leads to expensive repairs and even health risks if unaddressed. Whether dealing with a small leak or a full-blown flood, you must protect your basement from water damage by fixing plumbing and foundation issues, clearing gutters, installing a dehumidifier, and more. Turn to the professionals for help taking preventive measures against basement flooding issues.
Since 1986, NV Waterproofing & Foundation Repair has offered such services, outfitting basements with the waterproofing technology they need to stay dry. We also continue to exceed customer expectations, earning Angi’s Super Service Award and recognition in the Best Pick Reports multiple times during the last decade. For more information on how our award-winning service can protect your home, call our office at 1-855-649-7594.
Below, you’ll find several tips on preventing water damage in your basement:
Fix Plumbing Issues and Seal Foundation Cracks
To begin shoring up your basement, fix any leaks or plumbing issues. Experienced technicians can ensure your plumbing system’s seals remain tight and pipes are free from rust. Even a small leak can quickly devolve into a disastrous flood if not dealt with promptly. Excess water—from within or without your home—can destroy valuables and compromise your home’s structural integrity.
You should also have all cracks in your home’s foundation sealed as soon as possible. Even if you don’t see them leaking, water can seep through these cracks during a wet season and plague your basement. Indeed, a significant fracture could cause your foundation to shift and even collapse. Hire a foundation repair company to seal any cracks and prevent water from entering your basement.
Keep Your Gutters Clean and Use a Dehumidifier
Gutters and downspouts are critical in preventing basement water damage, so keep them clean and clear at all costs. Moreover, ensure they’re intact—free of cracks, gaps, and structural flaws—so water is directed away from your home. If your downspouts discharge water near your home, hire professionals to install a downspout extension or an underground drain.
Even excess humidity can expose your basement to invasive water. Therefore, consider purchasing a dehumidifier to remove surplus moisture from the air. Doing so can prevent mold and mildew growth, water damage, and structural weakness. Additionally, waterproofers can install a dehumidifier in your basement to combat excessive humidity.
Install a Sump Pump and Backflow Valve
Among the most effective tools in the fight against flooding, sump pumps are installed in the lowest part of a basement to capture and remove water from an area. These devices function as the heart of waterproofing systems—they are integral to the flow of water out of the house. Once installed, a professional should regularly check and service your sump pump to ensure it remains in good working order.
Furthermore, have a backflow valve added to your home plumbing system. This device is a preventative measure against sewage water flowing back into your home. If you live in an area with a high water table or your home is prone to flooding, a backflow valve can help protect your basement from unsanitary and destructive backups.
Invest in Flood Protection Devices
Finally, speak to a professional waterproofing company about installing flood protection devices. In addition to sump pumps and dehumidifiers, these instruments include:
Together, they protect your basement, home, and family from flooding and its pernicious effects. Plus, manufacturers design these products to safeguard finished and unfinished basements.
Discover Professional Basement Flooding Solutions from NV Waterproofing
Effective products installed by professionals can help prevent destructive basement flooding, water damage, and expensive repairs. With NV Waterproofing & Foundation Repair, you can address such issues quickly and thoroughly. Moreover, you can enjoy peace of mind in the knowledge your basement is protected by the best of the best. For a free estimate, call our office at 1-855-649-7594.