The long months of cold temperatures and snow are slowly but surely coming to an end! As we begin to watch the spring thaw, we must prepare for the next element of Mother Nature that is fast approaching – rain.
With vast accumulations of snow melting and rainy days to come, your basement is more vulnerable to flooding. Whether the water damage in your basement was caused by flooding, drainage issues, burst pipes, or clogged gutters – the cost to pump out standing water and repair the damage quickly adds up to thousands of dollars.
A dry basement is essential for maintaining the structural integrity of your home and preventing mold growth. Here are some tips to keep your basement dry:
Downspout Placement – Downspouts are crucial in keeping your basement dry.
Sump Pumps - If you don’t already have one, installing one will likely solve your flooding problem. If you already have a sump pump, maintain it regularly and prevent blockages.
Fix any leaks - Check for water leaks in your basement and repair them immediately. This includes cracks in the walls or floors, leaky pipes, or malfunctioning appliances.
Improve ventilation - Proper ventilation can help reduce moisture levels in your basement. Open windows when possible and consider installing a dehumidifier to remove excess moisture.
Monitor humidity levels - Use a hygrometer to monitor humidity levels in your basement. Ideally, humidity should be below 60%.
Keep gutters clean - Clogged gutters can cause water to overflow and seep into your basement. Clean them regularly to ensure proper drainage.
Ensure proper grading - Make sure the ground around your home slopes away from the foundation to prevent water from collecting near the basement walls.
Following these tips can help keep your basement dry and prevent costly water damage before spring showers arrive. Although you will likely need a separate flood insurance policy for different types of flooding, some options are available for water damage under your homeowner’s policy.
If you’d like to discuss your coverage, call CFC Insurance today at 309.243.1010 to discuss your best options or request a free quote!