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5 Ways to Keep Water Out of Your Basement

How to Keep Your Basement Dry

Use the list below to learn some helpful steps for keeping water out of your basement.

1. Keep Gutters Clean. Although it may not seem that way, rain gutters are essential for keeping water out of your basement. Not only do your gutters and downspouts prevent water from seeping into your roof, they also direct it away from your home’s foundation. Your gutters must be cleaned regularly to prevent them from clogging or overflowing. If you find that your gutters are frequently full of debris, you want to consider installing gutter guards or gutter covers.

2. Install a Sump Pump. A sump pump can help to keep water out of your basement as well. The sump pump is typically installed in a hole in the basement (or lowest floor) of the home. The pump automatically turns on once the water level in this hole, called the sump pit, rises to a certain level. The pump discharges the water away from the house before your basement has the opportunity to flood. Make sure that the sump pump has a battery back-up in case the primary pump fails unexpectedly.

3. Extend Downspouts. It’s easy for the the ground below your downspouts can become soaked, especially during heavy rain. This water may seep into your foundation, causing your basement to flood. By adding downspout extensions, water leaving the downspouts can be directly even further away from your home. This helps to reduce the risks of flooding.

4. Seal Foundation Cracks. If you notice a small crack in the foundation, don’t wait for it to become a big crack! These cracks can be sealed with epoxy injections, hydraulic concrete, and other materials. ProMatcher can help you find a foundation repair contractor near you.

5. Don't wait! You should always fix a problem before it becomes a disaster. Emergency repairs are expensive! Before water begins entering your basement, take advantage of the opportunity to seal foundation cracks or to install a larger waterproofing system. If you need help finding a contractor, ProMatcher can help you get free basement waterproofing cost estimates from local professionals.

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