Winter’s Coming—Is Your Basement Ready for the Freezing Weather?

Waterproofing your basement doesn’t mark the end of your problems. You still need to implement measures to protect your systems from seasonal changes.

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We are approaching the cold season in Springfield, MO. Everyone is stocking up and getting their boots and skis ready. That’s good. However, don’t forget to prep your home and basement for the freezing, snowy weather. Winter is coming, and we wouldn’t want you to wake up to a flooded basement. 

You have a short window in autumn to firm up your waterproofing efforts. Basement flooding is a real threat due to melting snow and ice. If you have a basement, here are things you can do to protect it during the winter months. 

Let’s look at eight ways you can winterize your home so it remains dry throughout winter. 

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1. Fix Existing Leaks 

Inspect your basement for foundation leaks, pooling water, and other structural issues inside and out. Remember, the smallest cracks can widen due to the force of expanding water, allowing more water into your home during winter. Call your local basement waterproofing experts to resolve any visible issues before they cause problems. 

2. Check Your Interior Drainage System 

As fall comes to the end, give your interior drainage system one last look before winter sets in. Blockages could cause a serious backup, meaning any water that accumulates inside won’t flow out. It will render your sump pump useless, as it won’t function properly. If you aren’t able to check this system, don’t hesitate to reach out to local waterproofing professionals like Foundation Recovery Systems for assistance. 

3. Keep Your Pipes from Freezing 

Your basement preparation won’t be complete without protecting your water pipes. Water in uninsulated pipes tends to freeze when exposed to the extreme cold. This action exerts pressure on your pipes. Burst pipes can release up to 250 gallons of water in a day. To prevent this phenomenon, wrap all cold water pipes with heat tape and insulation. 

4. Protect Your Sump Pump 

Don’t forget your sump pump, the system that ejects water. It also has a discharge line that can freeze during winter. When water pools around the discharge line, it may freeze and cause irreparable damage to your sump pump. We have an affordable and low-maintenance solution. FreezeGuard™ Discharge 

Line Protection is your answer to the biting winter cold. It comes with a grated adapter on the outside where the discharge line exits your home. If the water in the discharge pipe freezes, you can still pump out floodwater without worrying about basement backups. 

5. Grade Your Yard 

The area around your home should have a positive grade, meaning it slopes away from your home’s foundation. If it doesn’t, add some dirt against the foundation wall to create a two-inch-per-foot slope. This allows water to flow away and not into the foundation. 

6. Keep Plants at a Distance 

Make sure shrubs and plants stand at least 12 inches away from your foundation’s perimeter and on the slope so water flows away. This buffer area ensures leaves don’t lean on your side and pests don’t get a staging area to get into your home. 

7. Clean Your Gutters 

Your gutters are supposed to direct water from the roof away from your home. When these fixtures get clogged with leaves or gunk, it’s going to reduce the rate of water flow. And this could cause water to collect on your foundation. The same goes for downspouts. Make sure these fixtures stand at least five feet from the walls all around. This way, they won’t discharge right into your foundation. You also can have these pipes placed in the ground

8. Monitor Humidity Levels 

Basements are prone to moisture during summer. However, it’s not unusual to experience a damp basement in winter. Get a humidistat and use it to measure the humidity levels in your basement. If it reads more than 50%, run the dehumidifier to dry out the air. This action will curtail moisture buildup and discourage mold and mildew growth. You already know what winter protection measures you can put in place. That’s a step in the right direction. But you also need a professional basement repair contractor in Springfield, MO, to help you implement the right waterproofing solutions. To request a free basement waterproofing inspection and quote, get in touch with the experts at Foundation Recovery Systems. We’ll complete a thorough evaluation of your home and recommend the best ways to keep your home safe and dry this season.

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