Basement Winterizing Tips
Just as you’re prepping your living room for winter, you want to winterize your basement as well. In the snowy, chilly season, melting snow and ice can pool around your basement, causing costly issues such as water damage.
Winterizing your basement will help prevent these issues, keep your basement warm, and reduce energy bills. Here are some simple tips to help prepare your basement for winter.
Inspect your foundation
In winter, water and snow can collect near your foundation, causing pressure to build up and cracking your walls. This will ultimately lead to moisture issues. To prevent basement moisture problems, ensure the ground slopes away from the foundation. If necessary, you can add soil against the foundation to create a slope so water can drain properly.
Seal up cracks and gaps
Check the outside of your home for cracks and openings as they allow in moisture that could damage your basement and the rest of the home. Cracks are an easy way for chilly air to enter your basement, so you want to seal them before the snow begins pouring down.
For wide foundation cracks, you can contact a foundation repair expert for inspection and repair. Also, pay attention to gaps in basement windows and doors and use caulk to seal them up.
Insulate your pipes
As a result of the extremely low winter temperatures, water can freeze and cause the pipes to break, flooding your basement. To prevent this, wrap the pipes with heat tapes and other forms of insulation.
You can also disconnect and drain outdoor water sources such as garden hoses. Also, consider insulating your basement walls to minimize heat loss to the environment.
Check sump pump
Your sump pump will keep running during the winter, helping to pump out water when it reaches a certain level in the sump pit. In the winter, the discharge lines can freeze or get clogged with snow and ice, preventing water from draining away.
As a result, the water backs up and collects around your foundation. Running but unable to pump out water, the pump overheats and eventually fails. Your local waterproofing expert can make sure your sump pumps keep expelling water during the winter.
Clean your gutters and extend downspouts
When gutters become blocked, water fails to drain properly, overflowing and collecting near the basement, resulting in cracks and moisture issues. As such, it is crucial to keep your gutters free of leaves and other debris.
Also, ensure your downspouts are draining water several feet away from the house to avoid water pooling around the basement. Need help winterizing your basement? Reach out to Expert Basement Waterproofing now.