Many men dream of turning their basement into their own private man cave, where they can set up a mega-sized big screen television, comfy theater seating, and wall-to-wall surround sound speakers. Others want the perfect workshop, complete with ever tool ever made. Some families just desire a safe place for the kids to play and hang out as they grow. Unfortunately, if you live in an older home, that unfinished basement is probably prone to water issues. But before you give up on your dreams and leave all that space to go to waste, consider contacting a building contractor to come and assess your basement's waterproofing needs. Some homes have issues outside, some the problem lies inside, and for some, both need to be addressed. Here's a look at three outside issues that may be contributing to your basement water problems and can be easily addressed:
Keep Your Gutters Clean
The primary purpose of your rain gutters is to move water away from your home's foundation. If your gutters are clogged with leaves, pine cones, acorns, and Samaras, the "helicopter" seed pods from maple or other trees, the water will have nowhere to go but straight down. If you have a lot of trees around your home, and they supply an abundance of organic material, you may want to consider gutter guards so the gutters can't become clogged. Otherwise, get out your ladder and get cleaning them out.
Asses Your Gutter Pitch And Downspouts
If your gutters aren't properly pitched, they're not going to be of much use; the water will just fall, making its way to your basement instead of the sewers. The next time it rains, head outside and look at the position of your gutters and the downspouts. Does it look like they are doing their job, drawing water away from the house? This can help determine if your basement water issues are the result of outside issues.
Install French Drains
Your home may be downhill from a neighbor, or you may just have a site with multiple elevations. A French drain is essentially a trench that is filled with either gravel or a perforated pipe that is then covered in gravel. The trench traverses away from your home, and the gravel helps to prevent soil erosion as well as prevent a small stream from forming. The gravel will allow the water to slowly permeate the ground.
For more information and assistance, contact a local basement waterproofing company.