Even though we live in a desert state, we can usually count on Utah’s weather to be all over the place. As the seasons change we can go from extremely hot and dry forecasts to freezing temperatures with lots of snow. One thing is for certain, home and business owners need to stay on their toes to avoid leaks. Basements are typically one of the key areas where leaks can occur. As the lowest point of the house, basements are oftentimes below accumulating groundwater. Basements are usually the least visited area of the home so any leaks can sometimes go unnoticed for a long amount of time. If you suspect a leak it is important that you call a professional leak detection company for repairs at (801) 613-0969 to schedule an appointment today.
Protecting your basement from water leaks
Keep an eye on outdoor water. Accumulating water outside your house is a large culprit behind many basement leaks. This is especially true if you live on the east bench in the Sugarhouse or the Cottonwood Heights area with a lot of hills. As a homeowner, we recommend that you keep your gutters clean and free of debris. It is also essential that ground and rainwater is properly running away from your home so it cannot accumulate around the base of your house. If necessary you may want to consider either a sump pump or even french drains to help with transferring the water.
Check for cracks and holes in and outside your home. Cracks in your walls, concrete slabs or outside the house need to be fixed, especially before winter happens and water is allowed to freeze and expand those cracks. These types of issues are almost a sure-fire way to ensure that water will leak into your home. Foundational cracks and holes can arise from the home setting, too much outside water pressure on the house or even poor initial construction.
Notice the signs of a leak. Water leaks are an inconvenient nuisance. They are however typically easy to detect once the damage has begun. We recommend that homeowners visit this basement regularly to check for water leaks, especially during and after heavy rainfall. You can notice things like visible damage to your walls, water accumulating inside your home, the smell of rainwater or mold inside your basement. You may also be able to hear a leak occurring by listening for the sound of running water.
Staying on top of leaks
By staying vigilant you can keep on top of leaks both inside and outside your home. If you see the warning signs of a leak it is best to take care of the issue right away to avoid further damage and potentially higher repair costs.