Basements tend to get a pretty bad reputation, and are often portrayed as dark and spooky. At Gutter Boyz of Kentucky, we know that the only thing that should scare you about a basement is the risk of it flooding. By being a proactive homeowner in Western Kentucky, you can spot and fix little issues in your basement that could lead to big water damage problems, and can help protect it from flooding.
So wait! Why are the gutter experts talking about basement flooding? Because your gutters play an important role in protecting your home. Here are a few tips to protect your basement from flooding:
- Keep water from pooling around your foundation by cleaning and maintaining gutters and downspouts. Cleaning your gutters is an essential part of water damage prevention. When debris blogs gutter and downspouts, water is not able to flow freely through them and can pool and collect against the foundation of your home. This can cause flooding in the basement, so it is important to ensure that water is directed at least 3 feet away from your foundation.
- Inspect your foundation for any cracks. Cracks in the foundation allow water a way into your home. You should inspect the exterior of your foundation on a regular basis, and if you come across any cracks during your inspection you should get them filled. If you encounter a more serious foundation problem, be sure to call a professional so that you do not leave your home at risk for water damage.
- Another potential source of pooling water around your home’s foundation is the slope of your yard and even the shape of your flowerbed. If your yard slopes toward your home, water will run towards your home and pool up around your foundation. With nowhere else to go, this water will eventually find its way inside. You may need to re-grade your lawn or flowerbeds to prevent this from occurring.
- Make sure basement windows have window well covers. All below-grade basement windows should be protected with window well covers. When installed correctly and securely, window well covers will help keep your basement waterproof.
Gutter Boyz of Kentucky are the local experts for everything gutter related. Whether you need new gutters, gutter repairs, gutter guards or gutter cleaning, give us a call today at (270) 906-3055. Gutter Boyz of Kentucky is proud to serve a majority of Western Kentucky. Give us a call today for a FREE ESTIMATE!