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How to Stop Your Basement from Getting Water

Basements are something that’s on a lot of house seeker’s top ten lists of home-wants.  Although they’re great for giving you more room, they’re often seen as a hazard.  If you live somewhere with a high water table, a lot of moisture in the air, or a high chance for hurricanes hitting- you could be risking flooding by having a basement.

If you’re nervous about flooding and looking for ways to avoid it, here are some ideas to keep your basement dry.

Clean Gutters and Take Care of Downspouts

Your gutters and downspouts help your roof divert water away from your home.  If your gutters are full of leaves and debris, they can’t move the water away and dump water down the sides of your home instead.  It’s even worse if your downspouts aren’t positioned in a way that will protect your home. 

These added together mean your basement is highly likely to flood.  It’s borderline guiding water directly into your basement.  You can clean your gutters, or install gutter covers to help fight against this, also moving the downspouts to move water away from your basement can help.  These are mostly free fixes that could save you a lot of money.

Look At Lawn Slope

If your basement already floods or leaks, look at your lawn slope.  Most would hope those who constructed the house would have this in mind, but unfortunately, some homes have yards that didn’t consider it.

If the lawn slopes down towards your home, it’s going to flood your basement.

Although changing your yard’s grade may seem like a huge task, it generally doesn’t have to be.  Look at which side of your yard is higher than the other, and correct this with rakes and shovels.  You don’t have to go searching for other Atlanta houses for sale to adjust a bad slope in your yard.

Install a Sump-Pump

A sump pump is useful if your home is built on a high water table, meaning that there’s a higher chance of flooding.  This pump collects excess water that could have flooded your home and released it away from your house when it fills up. 

Many people find other uses for this water, like watering their grass or washing their cars.  It won’t generate enough pressure to hook up to a sprinkler system, but you don’t have to let it waste!

Keep A Space Barrier Between Home and Garden

Everyone loves gardens and flowers around their homes.  Unfortunately, these can be a flood risk if they’re too close.  Keep all sod, flowers, and other plants six inches away from your home’s side.  These can cause soil issues, or the roots could make it easier for water to travel into the side of your home.  You can still keep your gardens, but make sure to distance them, so you don’t pay the price for your flowers with a flooded basement.

By planning, maintaining your home, and possibly installing a sump pump, you can keep your basement from flooding.  It’s not difficult to take care of, as long as you don’t put everything off until your home is already flooded.

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