Ohio winters can be cold and wet, and while Cleveland homes are used to this, it never hurts to give your property a little help in staving off those chilly deluges. From drainage solutions to revitalizing window seals and basement access doors, waterproofing measures can be big or small.
Here at Ohio Basement Systems, we know what it takes to keep your home safe and dry when water starts to build up around your home, so if you’re at all uncertain, be sure to ask our team about our waterproofing solutions and services.
5 Quick and Easy Ways to Keep Your Home Dry This Winter
These five simple steps will help you keep your home dry and safe through even the worst winter storms.
1. Clean Out Your Gutters and Downspouts
Whether it’s heavy rainfall or melting snow, the one thing you can be sure of is water when it comes to winter in Cleveland, OH. Cleaning debris and buildup out of your gutters and downspouts, therefore, is one of the most important things you can do when it comes to protecting your home from excess water and dampness. These systems funnel water away from your home, when they work properly, and prevent the majority of it from ever testing your internal waterproofing solutions.
2. Insulate Your Pipes
Internal leaks are some of the most common causes of standing water and dampness in the home, and while many are unavoidable, those caused by water freezing inside your pipes are. Insulating any exposed pipes in your basement or crawl space will not only retain heat and increase energy efficiency, but it will also prevent freezing when the temperature plummets in winter. Foam insulation is relatively cheap and can be installed with ease.
3. Check All Window Wells and Seals
Finished basements in particular are prone to leaks from windows because of the legal requirement for egress windows in these spaces. Any basement with a ground or below-ground-level window, however, could face this issue. The most common causes of leaking windows or wells are damaged or rotting wooden sills and blocked drainage channels. Worn or damaged sealant, however, can also be an issue. Get into the habit of checking all your windows before winter comes so that any necessary repairs can be made before the precipitation starts in earnest.
4. Check Crawl Space Vent Covers or Have Them Installed
Crawl space vents were once thought to help control dampness. Now we know that they are far more likely to let dampness and standing water in. As a result, properly fitted permanent crawl space vent covers are very important. Good vent covers will make it much harder for dampness and water to get into your crawl space.
5. Check Your Sump Pump
Your sump pump should be maintained on a yearly basis (at least) by a professional. However, it is good practice to check its functionality and clear away any debris from the pit, pump, and discharge line before winter whether or not this servicing is due. After all, there are few worse times to lose power or function in your sump pump than winter.
These simple tasks will help you keep your home dry and identify potential issues before they arise, thereby keeping your home safe and dry through the winter. Of course, there are some tasks that require professional help. For jobs like these, consider Ohio Basement Systems.
If you are concerned about your basement’s waterproofing measures, you have noticed dampness in your basement or crawl space, or you simply want advice as to how you can upgrade your existing waterproofing measures, we are here to help.
We offer free inspection appointments that include a detailed inspection of your basement or crawl space to identify warning signs and existing issues, a tailored waterproofing plan, and a written quote that details the suggested work as well as the costs.