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Prevent a Flooded Basement this Fall in Dyersville IA with These 4 Tips From ServiceMaster by Knipper

September 25th, 2015 · No Comments

As fall races towards us, homeowners begin the process of buttoning up their homes for the winter. Rainfall in the autumn months can often be long and soaking, saturating the ground and, in some unfortunate cases, cause a flooded basement. While major structural damage to your home’s foundation will need professional repair, there are some things you can do to prevent basement flooding in Dyersville, IA.

1. Check for leaves or other debris caught in roof gutters or downspouts.

This routine maintenance item is the number one way to stop water going where you don’t want it to go. Blocked gutters can cause water to run over the edges, down the side of the house, and damage to your foundation. Check gutters carefully for rust or signs of damage and replace if necessary. Some new gutter systems offer a screen on top of them if your house is situated under a tree where leaves often drop.

2. Make sure that downspouts are diverted 10-12 feet from the foundation.

Downspouts should take the water safely away from your foundation (but mind your neighbor’s yard!) so that the water does not pool near the foundation. Check for divots in the ground near your foundation to see if they are caused by sitting water. Fill in any divots and low areas so water drains away from the foundation.

3. Check grades on sidewalks, pathways, and stairs.

Old or worn sidewalks, pathways, or garden beds can also cause water damage. If you have areas of your sidewalks that are next to your home, damage can cause pooling and runoff towards the foundation. Check basement window wells for proper drainage and consider clear plastic covers to help prevent rain, snow, and moisture from getting in.

4. Remove overgrown bushes or trees.

Roots from trees or shrubbery can cause foundation damage. If some of your bushes or trees didn’t bloom or flower well this summer, it’s possible they have damage to them and need to be replaced. Consider hiring a landscaper to discuss if they can be removed or relocated to help prevent damage to your home’s foundation to reduce the risk of basement flooding.

If you do find water in your basement, please act fast. Standing water can cause structural damage to your home as well as mold growth which can be damaging to your families health. ServiceMaster of Knipper can help remove standing water quickly and safely. Our trained technicians will help restore your basement and are on call for you in the greater Dyersville, IA area.

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