4 Maintenance Tips for Your Basement in Winter

Want to keep your basement safe and secure this winter? Use these maintenance tips to respond to damage or prevent it from forming in the first place.

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Winter’s cooler temperatures and heavy rains or snows can put a damper on the home repair projects you spent the rest of the year invested in. Just because the weather’s taken a turn doesn’t mean you have to set your home maintenance goals aside. More often than not, it’s better to act on those ambitions before the winter weather can wreak havoc on your basement.

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If you’re looking for ways to protect your basement from the worst of winter’s weather, you can: 

1. Test Your Existing Waterproofing Measures 

Homes with waterproofing measures in place before winter’s snow and rain set in are already ahead of the game. Your home waterproofing measures can drive away the moisture that might otherwise crack your pipes or put your structural supports at risk. 

That said, no waterproofing measure is going to last forever. Every year, you’ll need to take a walk through your basement to make sure the solutions you have in place are still working as they should. If it looks, for example, like a vapor barrier has been damaged or your interior drain or sump pump is clogged, you can work with local professionals to repair that damage before it worsens. 

If you want to extend the life of your existing waterproofing measures, you can always invest in more than one at a time. A sump pump and a dehumidifier, for example, can work together to control the levels of moisture in your basement, ensuring that no one device has to do all the work to protect your home. 

2. Fix Any Existing Damage in Your Home 

It’s never a good idea to go into the winter season with a damaged basement. If you think you may have a crack or a leak on your hands, you’ll want to reach out to local professionals to invest in repairs before the first of the season’s precipitation can start to damage your basement. 

Note that you should not try and repair any damage done to your basement on your own. DIY solutions can be more costly than professional work in the long run, especially if those solutions are not properly installed. 

3. Invest in Window Well Liner 

Your window wells sit on a lower grade than the rest of the landscaping near your home’s perimeter. As such, snowmelt and rain are going to run toward your wells faster than they will move toward any other part of your lawn. 

As such, you’re going to want to make sure that your window wells are as watertight as possible. A window well liner can help your wells contain any unwanted runoff and ice until either you can remove it or it can evaporate. If you don’t already have a window well liner installed, then you’ll want to make 

Even if you already have a window well liner installed, you’ll want to inspect it before it starts to rain or snow. This way, you can make sure that no holes or tears will allow water into your basement. 

4. Waterproof Your Home 

For help with inspecting your home, or if you want to discuss potential waterproofing measures, you can reach out to the professionals serving Kansas City, MO. The expert team at Foundation Recovery Systems will evaluate your home and provide you with a free services quote detailing what repairs or solutions can help you best protect your basement from the winter weather.