With the days lengthening and weather warming, now is the time to get outdoors and tackle spring home maintenance projects. With the threat of winter storms passed (fingers crossed!), you can look for damage left over from winter and make any needed repairs. Also, with spring comes rain. While that may be a good thing for your plants, garden and grass, it could spell trouble for your basement.
Inspect your home and perform these simple maintenance jobs to fend off potential moisture problems both inside and out, prevent costly repairs, and pave the way for a trouble-free summer.
- Clean Gutters and Downspouts – The health of your basement depends on the health of your roof, more specifically, your gutters. Inspect your gutters to ensure they are all intact and unclogged, paying close attention that the water flows freely away from your homes foundation.
- Inspect your Roof – Grab the ladder and give the roof a good look. All that snow and ice could have caused some minor damage that you’ll want to fix now. You’re looking for curled and missing shingles, rusted and pitted flashing, and cracked caulk around pipe collars, skylights and other roof penetrations.
- Inspect Driveways and Paths – Freezing and thawing is rough on concrete, asphalt and other hardscaping materials. Asphalt can often be patched, but damaged concrete may need to be replaced entirely.
- Test your Sump Pump – Don’t wait for a heavy spring thunderstorm to ensure the sump pump is working properly. Test it by pouring a bucket of water into the sump pump pit. The pump should turn on immediately, remove the water, and then turn off. If that doesn’t happen than the system will require sump pump service in Illinois to fix the issue.
April showers are known to cause a basement water issue or two. If you notice any moisture problems with your basement, or if your basement has had flooding issues in the past, call us today for a free estimate.