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Ice Dams Can Lead to Wet Basements This Spring

08 March 2019

Tips To Help Prevent Wet Basements

Snowmelt and rainwater have the potential to cause major damage to your property. Water can make its way down to your foundation walls in a number of ways, creating pressure that will eventually cause leaks – unless something is in place to stop it.

A few simple steps can help prevent you from walking downstairs to find your finished basement full of water.

 

foundation damage from water
Water pooling around the home eventually degrades concrete and mortar foundations. Homes with improper drainage are susceptible to foundation damage from water.

 

Gutters and Downspouts

Gutters are a key component of your home’s drainage system. Keep your gutters clog-free and in good condition. The use of downspout extensions will move the runoff water further away from your home’s foundation, preventing water and ice buildup.

 

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LeafGuard® Brand Gutter’s unique, seamless design keeps debris from collecting in your gutters which: prevents clogs from forming; keeps water flowing freely; eliminates leaks and the threat of water damage; and makes climbing ladders to clean gutters unnecessary.

 

Ground Slope

Redirecting runoff water plays a significant role in keeping your complete basement dry. The ground surrounding your home should slope down, so water can naturally run away from the home.

 

Remove Snow

Anytime there is an excess amount of water in or on top of the ground around your home, there is a higher chance that water will seep through the foundation and cause a wet basement. Consider shoveling the accumulated snow away from the home before melting occurs.

 

Shoveling snow away from your foundation before the melting process starts is a good way to help reduce the amount of water that will be pooling around your foundation.

 

Insulation

Attic insulation and air sealing play a large role in preventing potential ice dams. A properly insulated home will help reduce the buildup of ice around the eves and allow snow to melt slowly off of the roof. In turn, snowmelt will run into the gutters and away from your home.

 

air sealing the attic
Air leakage happens throughout the home as air slips through joints, cracks, and other openings. Because insulation does not stop air leaks, air sealing is very important. We then add blown-in cellulose insulation, it fills all gaps and odd shaped voids.

 

Are you dealing with a wet basement or ice dam? Home Solutions of Iowa can provide you with a complete home evaluation and address the issues at hand. We are your local, trusted home improvement contractor that is ready to help. Contact us today.

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