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Six Maintenance Tips for Your Basement in Autumn

Looking to keep your basement secure this fall? You can use these maintenance tips to respond to damage or prevent it from forming in the first place.

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The fall season offers homeowners a welcomed break from the heat of the summer. With that drop in temperature comes a whole new set of problems for those homeowners worried about the state of their basements. 

If you’re not sure whether your basement can stand up to new precipitation in the fall, don’t worry. There are steps you can take to protect your basement from the changing weather, not to mention the damage that may come with it. These steps include: 

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Clearing Out Your Gutters 

Your gutters have more to do with the health of your basement in the fall than you might think. Consider this: As the leaves start to turn and fall, they can easily clog your gutters and make your life more complicated. In clogging your gutters, those leaves do more than limit the flow of rain away from your home. They also drive that rain and precipitation straight down toward the perimeter of your home. When this happens, that water can more easily reach your basement, where it can cause long-term damage to your belongings as well as the structural supports you have in place. 

As such, cleaning out your gutters in the fall does more than just make your home more beautiful. It can also keep your home safe from significant damage in the long term. 

Re-positioning Your Downspouts 

In a similar vein, you’ll want to make sure the downspouts you have in place are secure and able to direct water away from the perimeter of your home. If you suspect the coming autumn will be especially hard on your home, you may also want to consider investing in underground downspouts. These downspouts are more difficult for the fall weather to knock askew, and a professional can help you unclog them should you find you have trouble forcing them to drain. 

Re-sealing Your Basement Windows 

If you have windows in your basement, you’ll want to check their seals and caulking, as well as for any gaps that may have opened up over the summer. Your windows and their seals can fall victim to hydrostatic pressure in little to no time at all, as your window wells can easily gather moisture on even the sunniest of days. By protecting your windows, you’ll be able to protect any belongings you have within immediate reach as well as those structural supports protecting your home. 

Investing in A Home Inspection 

It’s not always easy to detect the kind of water damage that can cause long-term trouble throughout your home. If you suspect that something’s off, or if you want a professional opinion on how best to prepare for the fall, you can reach out to one of the professional contractors serving the Cincinnati, OH, area. These professionals can walk through your basement with you and let you know if there are any weak spots that may give way after continued exposure to external moisture. 

Waterproofing Your Basement 

These same professionals can help you waterproof your basement as the weather starts to cool. A home inspection can help a professional understand what kind of measures may suit your needs best and what spots of your basement may need the most attention. 

Some of the most effective basement waterproofing measures you may want to invest in can include:  

  • Interior drainage systems 
  • Sump pumps 
  • Dehumidifiers 
  • Vapor barriers 

Note that these solutions can be used together for more comprehensive protection, and that there are types of waterproof insulation you can install to lower your electrical bills and keep water out of your home in the fall. 

Avoiding DIY Crack Fillers 

Note that even if there is damage in your basement, you should not make a point of fixing it on your own. While DIY solutions to these sorts of problems can be tempting, they can cost you more money in the long run with the need for repeated applications. They also could make matters worse and will not address the root of the problems. 

If you’re worried about the state of your basement this fall, or if you just want to invest in some preventative measures, the professional foundation, basement, and crawl space contractors in your area can help. After a home inspection from an Ohio Basement Authority expert, you can look through your free repair quote to determine what waterproofing measures or repair services may best serve your home.

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