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3 Best Ways To Keep Water Out Of Your Basement

by Harvie Simms

If you are dealing with a basement that is always getting wet, you need to stop moisture from getting into your basement. The best way to keep water from getting into your basement is to clean your gutters and downspouts, extend your downspouts away from your home, and grade the soil around your home to slope away from your foundation.

1. Clean Your Gutters & Downspouts

One of the most important steps you can take to protect your foundation, and your basement starts on your roof. Having water improperly drain from your roof is one of the biggest issues that lead to water getting into your basement.

You need to keep your gutters clean and free of debris all year. When your gutters get clogged up with debris, the water spills over the sides of your gutters and impacts your foundation. All that water pouring over the edge of your gutters can eat away at the dirt around your home, seeping into your foundation and then into your basement. You also need to keep debris out of your downspout. If it's clogged up, water will get misdirected as well.

2. Extend Your Downspout

If your downspout ends right at the side of your home, it is not really directing water away from your house. Get an extender for your downspout that is at least a couple of feet long. Use this extender to direct water that comes from the downspout further away from your home. Ideally, at the end of your downspout, you will have splash block that further directs way away from your home. That way, the water that flows off of your roof is directed as far away from your foundation, and your basement, as possible.

3. Slope the Soil Away From Your Home

You can't control where all the water goes, which is why you want to make sure that the soil around the foundation of your home is properly graded or sloped. The dirt around your home should be set up so that it gradually slopes away from your home. All the dirt around your home should be built up so that it slopes gradually downward. There should not be anywhere where the dirt is sloped towards your home. This will help keep your home's foundation solid.

If you want to keep water out of your basement, you need to start outside of your home. Keep your gutters and downspouts clean. Make sure that your downspouts extend far away from your home. Keep all the soil around your home sloped away from your foundation. For more information, contact your local basement waterproofing company.

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