Spring is officially here, and the snow is beginning to slowly disappear. With the bitter cold weather starting to finally break, the ice and snow is starting to melt away, making way to the law you forgot existed. Without proper waterproofing in your basement, all that wet and messy runoff can potentially lead to severe basement leakage and foundation damage.
As the snow melts, it immediately sinks into the soil. Typically, the ground is dry enough to absorb the wetness, but since this winter has been exceptionally cruel, the water may begin to seep into basements or cracks within the foundation. This happens when the ground cannot handle the rapid pace of snow melting and evaporating, due to warmer temperatures.
Water running into your basement can lead to a multitude of problems. Excess water and moisture affects both the inside and outside of your home. This runoff will seep into every nook and crack that is available for it to land. Mold and mildew can also become apparent within your basement walls, causing your basement to smell musty and sickness to attack your family.
Older homes are most susceptible to these issues, but it could potentially happen to any Metro Detroit residence. Newer homes are not necessarily waterproofed, so it is important to make sure you know the history of your home and understand what risks may be involved with Michigan’s ever changing weather.
What Can You Do To Protect Your Home From Flood Damage This Spring?
There are a few things you can check to see if your home may be in the danger zone for water damage:
- Is the water able to run away from the sides of the house? If not, you may experience water running into your foundation.
- Do your basement windows have stains? If so, this may mean that water has come in through the window well.
- Was your home built around the 1950’s? If so, you may not have a sump pump or current flood preventing systems, that would keep you safe from water damage.
Thankfully, Tom’s Basement Waterproofing is prepared for all the elements with the upcoming spring thaw. From coatings to water pressure fixtures, Tom’s Basement Waterproofing is current and knowledgeable with effective techniques to keep your basement dry. Whether you’re experiencing a little runoff from excess snow, or a full-blown damp basement, we are equipped to handle it all!