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Tips To Avoid Significant Basement Damage During A Summer Rainstorm

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Summer brings with it lots of warm weather and fun times outdoors. But anyone who's ever had to make a mad scramble out of the pool at the first sight of lightning knows that summer can also bring the occasional rainstorm. If you want your basement and foundation to make it through the rainy season intact, here are some tips that might help.

Make Sure Water Does Not Drain in One Spot

As rain falls off your roof, it will likely go into your gutter or downspout system before making its way to the ground. When set up properly, your gutter system will keep water from pooling in one spot at your house's foundation. A pool of water near the foundation could leak into your basement if left unchecked. Ensure incoming rainwater can drain properly by keeping your gutters and downspouts free of clogs.

Install a Sensor

If your basement has experienced water damage or a flood in the past, it's a good idea to get a water sensor installed. If water does get into the basement again and begins to pool, the sensor will activate an alarm that lets you know about the situation while it is still in its early stages. This will allow you to possibly remove valuables or contact an expert who can stop the leak before it gets any worse. A deluge of rain can arrive suddenly during a summer rainstorm. Give yourself a chance to jump into action and prevent what damage you can by installing an early warning system.

Get Professional Waterproofing

The best way to ensure your basement or cellar will stay dry this summer as thunderstorms roll through is to contact a professional basement waterproofing service, such as Sohan and Sons. Basement waterproofing can help keep the lowest level of your house dry even if there is water pooling above ground. Yes, this service will cost money, but if you store valuable items in your basement, compare the cost of the waterproofing with how much it would cost you to replace these items and repair the leak. Basement waterproofing performed by a professional will give you and your family peace of mind the next time a storm arrives.

Contact a professional contractor to discuss the benefits of basement waterproofing. In the meantime, keep your gutters and downspouts clear of debris to prevent a leak from pooling at your house's foundation and consider installing a flood sensor in your basement to give yourself time to react if disaster does strike.