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Basement Water Control
It has been estimated that 90 to 95 percent of all basements will experience a problem with water penetration that something as simple as a sump pump could have prevented. Most often the water comes from rainfall or melting snow. For every inch of rain the average roof sheds 1,000 gallons of water.
Flooding is common in houses
situated on flat terrain where the water has nowhere else to go but through
the cracks and fissures in your foundation, walls and floors. Your basement
can become a pond overnight! Mechanical systems such as electrical panels,
and main plumbing controls are also at risk of being damaged in a flooding
situation. Leaks, regardless of how slow, can cause a great deal of damage to the structure while putting things like personal electronics at risk.
It is very important to protect your home and the people that live in it. There are very simple measures you can take to make sure that your home stays dry and healthy. Listed below are the many reasons why a sump pump can make a difference in your life.
Other Ways To Protect Your Home
Cracks: Caulk all cracks and openings in the cement around your house.
Condensation: Put insulation on cold-water tanks, water piping, and cold air ducts.
Rain Gutters: Maintain the gutters by keeping them free from leaves and debris. Add extensions to downspouts and keep them at least four feet away from the foundation.
Window wells: Install covers if they drain poorly.
Driveway: Patch all cracks.
Basement Dehumidifiers: Keep the humidity levels between 45% to 55%.
Sand Bag Alternatives: Alternative products such as FloodSax can be used anywhere, and in the same manner as a sand bag to protect your home from floods.
Flashing: Inspect flashing for water intrusion
Vents: Make sure your vents have hoods and boots, and that they exhaust to the exterior.
a check for holes and air leaks and insufficient insulation. Ice damming
can occur. It will be evident that there is a problem if the bottom side
of the roof sheathing, rafters or trusses indicate water staining.