When seasons change and the rain starts falling, make sure your home is prepared. Heavy showers and downpours can lead to basement and crawl space flooding, foundation problems, and damage to your gutters. By taking the proper precautions, you can make sure that spring rain doesn’t damage your home. At Baker’s Waterproofing, our team is dedicated to providing tailor-made solutions for your home so when the storm hits, you can rest assured that you’re protected. Here, we’ll discuss some of the main ways rain can affect your home and how to prevent it in the future.
It All Starts at the Top
When spring begins in Pittsburgh, heavy rains and daily showers are common, especially in the month of May when the most rain occurs. This can cause problems for your gutter system, basement, crawl space, and foundation if waterproofing measures aren’t in place. While flooding is usually the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about rain damage, other more serious problems can be manifesting around your home. Things such as rusting or sagging gutters, leaks in your basement floors and walls, and foundation cracks can all be happening without notice. When these problems are left to worsen, that’s when repairs become costly. Here are some things to watch out for when the rain starts coming down.
Clogged or Damaged Gutters
One of the first things to check when a storm approaches is your gutters. If your gutters are clogged with debris like leaves and branches, have small holes or cracks, or have started to sag in places, they become useless. For gutters to function properly, they must be in appropriate condition and cleaned regularly so that water is able to fall into them and be directed away from your home through the downspout. When your gutters are damaged, any water that can’t escape will begin to overflow onto your home and along the base of your foundation.
Cracks Along Foundation
If you have started to notice cracks along your foundation, it may be due to water damage. Although the soil around your home also plays a huge role in its stability, any water that pools along the base of the foundation can cause hydrostatic pressure which ultimately causes cracks. Hydrostatic pressure happens when the soil around the foundation becomes saturated with water. This leads to high amounts of pressure pushing against the base of your home. When the concrete that makes up the foundation becomes weak due to the pressure, cracks form.
Water In Your Basement
Because of cracks in your foundation, water can leak into your basement with ease. Since water always follows the path of least resistance, any damage to your foundation or basement will be an easy access point for water to come in. No one likes dealing with any water in their basement, and if left to fester, it can be detrimental to the health and stability of your home. It’s important to have basement waterproofing solutions in place to avoid this from happening.
Condensation Or Mold in Your Home
As mentioned, water in your basement can lead to a multitude of problems around your home. Things such as uneven or bouncy flooring, sticking windows and doors, high humidity, condensation, and mold growth can all be due to even the tiniest amounts of water in your home. When you start to notice condensation on your windows, you’re in trouble. High humidity, leading to condensation, can also spell out mold problems. It only takes a damp environment and organic material, such as wood, or even carpets, for mold to form and spread along your home. Different types of mold, such as black mold, can be highly toxic to any family member that has asthma or allergies and can even cause respiratory issues.
How To Protect Your Home from April Showers
Your home is an investment and one that’s there to protect you and your family for years to come, make sure it’s also protected by doing the following things.
Check For Window Leaks in Your Basement
If your home’s landscape has a negative grade, it means that anytime it rains, water is flowing towards your home and not away from it. This can cause pools of water to form around your foundation and your basement windows. If those windows aren’t properly sealed, they can allow water to leak in during a storm. When you’re looking for problem signs, be sure to look for wood rot, loose or missing caulk around the edges, and cracks. If any of these are present, they could be why water is in your basement. By installing basement waterproofing measures such as a vapor barrier or window covers, you can be sure water will stay out of your home.
Inspect Your Foundation for Cracks
When you’re down in your basement inspecting it for signs of water damage, make sure to also look at the floor. Over time, the soil underneath your basement floors and around your home can shift and settle leading to cracks forming in the concrete slabs. These cracks also allow water to come in during a flood or an excess of hydrostatic pressure. Luckily if the cracks aren’t too wide, we can fill and stabilize them with our PolyRenewal™ foam injections for concrete lifting.
Clean and Repair Your Gutters
When your gutters clog, begin sagging, or start to separate at the joints, it can cause water to overflow and come into your home. By scheduling annual maintenance or cleaning them yourself, you can be sure that your gutters remain in proper working order and are effective during a storm.
Trust The Experts at Baker’s to Protect Your Home This Spring
If your basement is leaking, your foundation is cracking, or your gutters are failing, let the team at Bakers Waterproofing help! We specialize in basement waterproofing, foundation repair, crawl space encapsulation, and concrete lifting. By offering tailored solutions for your home’s unique needs, we can ensure that water damage is a thing of the past! Call today and schedule a free inspection that includes a written estimate. We proudly serve homeowners in Altoona, Central PA, Harrisburg, Johnstown, Lancaster, and surrounding areas. Don’t hesitate to safeguard your home this spring and contact us!