Posted on: 18 July 2016Share
If your new house has a basement, you want to make sure that you know how to keep water away from your basement and foundation. If water gets into your basement or foundation, it can cause a lot of damage to your house. There are several easy things that you can do to make sure that water stays out of your basement.
Move Your Downspout
One easy thing to do is to move your downspout for your gutters. You don't want it to empty out too closely to your house. Ideally, you should probably put it out at least 3 feet from your house. Another thing to do is to put a concrete drain under the downspout. These concrete drains are basically concrete tiles that have a guide for the water to go through. So, if you put one of those under your extended downspout, you are going to get more distance before the water gets to the ground. The further away the water is, the less likely it is to end up in your foundation or basement.
Keep Your Gutters Clean
Your gutters are there to collect all the rain that falls on your roof and funnel it to the downspout. However, on the way down, the water will pick up any debris on your roof, including leafs, twigs, and even parts of your shingles. All of that trash and debris builds up in your gutters. That means that there isn't going to be room for the water to go through, so all the water will just flood out of the gutters and straight towards your foundation. You will want to get up and get all the debris out of your gutters, especially after a nasty storm. Generally, you will probably want to clean out your gutters twice a year, in the spring and fall. If you are going to get up and clean your gutters, you will want to make sure that you are safe. In order to be safe, you are going to want to make sure that your ladder is nowhere near any power lines. You should also make sure that none of the rungs on your ladder are loose or broken. You should never move the ladder while you are on it, nor should you stretch out enough that you are off balance. If you are going to go up the ladder, make sure that you have someone down below who can spot you and hold the ladder for you. One way to make your clean up easier is to have a tarp down near where you are working and just throw all the debris onto the tarp.
If you have tried everything you can to keep the water out of your foundation and it still isn't working, then you need to call a foundation expert to help you figure out where it's coming from and what you need to do to stop it. Contact a business, such as Spiers Construction, for more information.