Owning a home with a basement has a lot of benefits, such as extra storage space and an area for appliances such as your washer and dryer. But if your basement is damp, humid, and has water leaks you may encounter floods, mold growth, or foundation damage. Waterproofing your basement may take an investment of time and money, but in the long run taking care of the problem now can save you expensive repair costs. Use the following tips to keep your basement dry:

Improve the Gutters on Your Roof

Gutters play a huge role in keeping your basement dry. An inefficient gutter system will result in water pouring off the roof and pooling around the foundation of your home; as the water is absorbed it can end up leaking into your basement. This problem can be remedied by making sure that you have rain gutters around the perimeter of your roof, and several water spouts that lead water away from the foundation of your house. If you live in an area that receives a lot of rain or snow, you may want to have a splash block installed where the water is discharged to help lead the water away from your house. Make sure that your gutters are maintained and free of debris so they work properly.

Change the Slope of the Land  Near your Foundation

If your yard slopes towards the foundation of your house, there is a good chance that you will experience basement leaks in the event of rain or melting snowfall. You can fix this issue by grading the area, focusing on ensuring that the highest point of land is closest to the house. This will help divert water away from your foundation, and prevent basement leaks. It is a good idea to cover the graded area around your home with sod or grass seed to help with drainage and prevent the slope from washing away.

Make Sure You Have the Right Window Wells

If the window wells in your basement were not installed properly, they can easily fill up with water during a storm and the water can leak through the window frames into the basement. Make sure you have metal window wells for your basement with a thick layer of gravel on the bottom to help rain water drain properly.

Ventilate the Basement Properly

Take care of dampness in the basement by ventilating it properly. Depending on the climate you live in, you may want to invest in a small dehumidifier to keep the area as dry as possible. During the winter months it can be very helpful to keep the basement heated.

For more information on keeping your basement dry, contact a local waterproofing contractor, like Cozens Brothers Contractors.