How to Keep Water Out of Your Basement During Rain and Snow Melt Season

by Thrasher



Check Downspouts and Sump Pump Drainage Lines Around Your Home


It’s common for snow to pile on top of downspouts and prevent water from escaping. This can be an even larger issue when we’ve got snow melt and rain around the same time. Removing snow from around your downspouts will ensure your gutters are able to work as they normally do to capture water and redirect it away from your home and foundation.


Iceguard allows water to exit your home even when the sump pump drainage line is frozen.

Much like downspouts, above-ground sump pump drainage lines can be a problem in the winter. If snow is not removed from around the discharge lines, the drainage pipe can freeze, leaving no way for the water to leave the discharge line. This means water that enters your sump pump in your basement has no way to escape. This will make your sump pump run constantly and it will eventually burn up.


Knowing this, you may ask “How do I know if my sump pump discharge line is frozen?” Your sump pump will be running non-stop and it will actually begin to feel warm to the touch. If your sump pump or the water in your sump pump feels warm, you likely have an issue. You can also look at your outside drainage or discharge line and see if water is leaving the PVC pipe, or look inside the pipe to see if you have ice buildup. If your discharge line is frozen, you will likely end up with water in your basement.


Iceguard fits the sump pump discharge line on the outside of your home and allows for water to escape even if the sump pump exterior drainage line is frozen.


Create Paths for Water to Drain Away From Your Foundation


Create paths for water to drain away from your foundation. If the soil around your basement is saturated with water, hydrostatic pressure will build, and water will find its way in through the path of least resistance. These paths of resistance can include porous concrete foundation walls, form ties on poured foundation walls, cracks in foundation walls, and the cold joint where the foundation wall and footing meet.


Move Snow Away From Your Siding


If snow is built up against your siding, shovel it away. There is a wood sill plate that sits on top of your foundation wall and the water from the melting snow can seep underneath your siding and come in between your sill plate and foundation wall.


Prevent Future Basement Water Problems


The best way to ensure your basement stays dry no matter what the weather conditions are is by having a properly working drainage and sump pump system in place. The keyword here is properly working. Not all basement waterproofing systems, including the one that may have been installed when your home was built, are built to operate effectively for years to come. Additionally, because of the mechanical nature of a sump pump, even the best basement waterproofing systems require regular maintenance to ensure everything is in working order.


With a properly working basement waterproofing system, water is

collected, directed to a sump pump, and pumped out of the home.#basementflooding #snowmeltissues #rainwaterdrainage

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