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How to Help Prevent Your Basement From Flooding

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Flooding basement or crawl space? Even though we experience dry spells here in Colorado, we typically have rain and snow that doesn’t all evaporate and ends up in our basement or crawl space. Don’t live with it!

First let’s look at what you or I can do.

  1. Check downspouts. Downspouts should be extended from 7 ft to 10 ft beyond the foundation so that the water does not cause the expansive soils near the foundation to put pressure on the foundation causing cracking, etc. as well as water finding its way into the basement.
  2. Check for missing gutters, or gutters full of debris as they will dump water right next to the foundation.
  3. Many landscapes have borders that actually act as barriers to trap water close to the foundation. Is this the case for your home?
  4. Maintain positive ground drainage away from your home.
  5. Do not irrigate within 5 ft. of your foundation. Redirecting water does help quite a bit.

With all of that said, water enters from other sources as well that we homeowners cannot easily remedy and we may spend thousands of dollars to fix the outside only to find there is still water seeping into our basements. Window wells in our area can fill up when it rains and leak water into our basements. When we have lots of rain, water can seem to percolate right up from beneath the basement. Small cracks in our foundation can seep water as well. It can all seem so overwhelming especially when it rains. Contact us to schedule your free estimate!

We have trained, certified, and experienced inspectors who will work with you to develop a system that is the right solution to turn your wet basement or crawl space a dry place.

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