Does the Spring Thaw Bring Moisture to your Basement?

The Effects of the Spring Thaw

Spring has sprung, and after the winter we’ve had here in Pittsburgh, it is a welcome relief. The bad news is that spring thaw is the time that some of us walk into our basement and feel like we have stepped into an underground cavern full of streams and rivers. It doesn’t have to be that way, though. This is a problem you can prevent or cure by following a few easy tips.

The first thing you are going to want to do is check your home…inside and out. Keeping water away from your foundation is key! And getting rid of water that does get in is also very important. Just because water is not damaging your possessions, standing water can still grow mold and bacteria and affect the quality of the air in your home.

If you have a sump pump, make sure that it is functioning properly. Test the pump by pouring a bucket of water in to see if the pump turns on. Also check and clear any debris that you may find in the sump well or trench.

Clear any snow away from your foundation. This will be a big job, but making sure that snow doesn’t melt and drain into your basement or refreeze and settle in the cracks of your foundation can help prevent extremely costly repairs.

Finally, check your gutters for debris and ice dams. These can cause water to seep into your roof and also drip and drain right back to your foundation.

If water does get in to your basement, it is important to handle it quickly. The sooner you can get someone in to make repairs, the less costly they will be. You will need to find a reputable basement waterproofing contractor and Advanced Basement is one of the best at basement waterproofing Greensburg and the surrounding areas have to offer.

Prepare for the spring thaw ahead of time and you will be able to slide right in to spring with no worries.