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Feb 15 2016

3 Tips for Keeping Your Basement Dry and Leak-Free

Houses, old and new, can experience basement leaks that can lead to flooding. Luckily, there are precautions that homeowners can take to prevent this expensive and damaging situation. By installing a sump pump, fixing leaks early, and taking action to make sure your yard slopes away from your foundation, you can stay ahead of flooding issues. Here are some tips to follow to give you peace of mind and a dry basement. Install a Sump Pump: A sump pump consists of a pit insert into the foundation of your home where water is collected. Piping extends from the top of the pit and attaches to an exterior basement wall so the sump’s pump can expel the water out of the pit when the levels get too high. Sumps can thwart flooding during heavy downpours and days of unrelenting rain.

Call a Plumber of Leak Inspection

Hidden leaks beneath a home’s concrete slab can lead to structural failure. Slab leaks happen when piping breaks, corrodes, or stops working because it was installed incorrectly. Too high of water pressure and hard water can also cause leaks to form in underground pipes. Yearly leak detection service can help you spot potential problems before a pipe bursts and make the appropriate repairs. Consider Regrading Your Yard: Over time the soil shifts in your yard and it can cause its slope to change. If your yard is sloping toward your foundation, your basement could be at risk for flooding. Water has a tendency to pool around the foundation and if there are any cracks, even hairline cracks, that’s all the water needs to slither through into your basement and cause problems. A landscaper can help you with grading issues.

Regular Maintenance Prevents Flooding

Even with a sump pump, it’s still important to consider annual leak detection and other plumbing maintenance services. Sump pumps, like any other mechanical device, can wear out and break down. The protection you think you have in place is no longer there. Plumbers like those at Rooter Hero Plumbing can help you maintain all your plumbing components and inspect your foundation for leaks. Don’t wait until the problem has escalated. Regular maintenance and vigilance go a long way toward protecting your home.

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