Wednesday, March 22nd
It happens every spring: We're talking about wet basement season. Yes, Spring Training and baseball also start up. But where are you going to watch the first pitch? If you've got a TV/media room in the basement, you'll want to make sure it's a dry comfortable space.
Rainy days bring wet, flooded basements, often aggravated by snowmelt in many parts of the country. As a result groundwater levels rise and excess water will find its way into any crack or opening in your basement foundation. Some homes have wet weather springs, which happen only during rainy periods, and are particularly challenging.
Has your basement ever been rained out?
If you had water issues in your basement last spring, it's likely to happen again. If you’re in the Northeast or in the Northern swath from Oregon through Illinois and Ohio to Maine, your basement or crawlspace is vulnerable to snowmelt and spring rains. Even in states with less rainfall, one bad storm can be devastating if your basement windows are rusty and leaky. Or if water seeps into the basement when the soils around your house are saturated.
Map showing average precipitation in the United States. Image in the public domain. Source: Wikipedia.
Even in states with little or no snow, there is still the potential for flooding. From the Texas Hill Country, known as “Flash Flood Alley,” to the South Atlantic, last year saw some major and sudden floods in the spring and fall. Most recently, the National Weather Services foresees the potential for flooding along the Mississippi River, given wet soils from rainfall last fall and depending on what spring holds in store.
How many times have you had to step up to bat and deal with your wet basement? For some homeowners, once is enough. Customers with recurring wet basement problems often call us after several attempts at DIY cleanups, using buckets, shop-vacs and short-term fixes. It gets old pretty fast, they tell us.
If you use your basement for ANYTHING, even storage, spring rains can turn your basement into a Major League headache pretty fast. Don't wait to take action: basement contractors in the Basement Systems national network get busier during this time of year.
Don't let a flood, leak or excess humidity keep you from enjoying your basement this spring. Find your local certified Basement Systems contractor today to find out if and how your basement is vulnerable and how to fix it.
Baseball images in the public domain.
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