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As a parent, I can't tell you how many times I have walked in on a disaster. Just a few days ago, my kids were playing together and they decided to flood our master bathroom with a few towels and a boatload of water. Although some messes are cute or funny, others are completely overwhelming and difficult to clean up. Fortunately, I have an excellent damage contractor on speed dial, and he comes out to help me whenever I need a little assistance. I want you to know how to tackle tough messes, which is why I put up this website.

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How to Keep Water Out of Your Basement

Edna Prescott

Water can seep into a basement through the walls or floors, causing water damage in a home. Unfortunately, water will enter a basement if the homeowner doesn't take the right steps to prevent it. So how can you stop water from getting into your basement? You can prevent it through waterproofing services. Here are several steps you can take that will stop water from getting inside your basement.

Ensure the land grade is proper

First, the land grade around your home can encourage or restrict water from getting into your home. You can tell if your grade is proper by looking at it. The ground should be the highest in your home. Then, it should gradually decrease as you walk away from your home. In other words, you need a slope with the highest point near your home. When you have a proper grade, the water will drain away from your home instead of toward your house.

Install and maintain a gutter system

Secondly, waterproofing a home requires installing a gutter system. Gutters trap rainwater and force it away from a house. Thus, your house needs them. Once you get gutters, you might hire a company to clean them one or two times a year. Cleaning them is the primary form of maintenance they need.

Seal the walls and floors

Waterproofing a home might also require some work in the basement. The primary service your basement needs is sealant services. A waterproofing contractor can seal the walls and floors with a material that blocks water from getting inside. In some cases, contractors dig up the foundation on a home's exterior. Then they seal that area.

Install a drain and sump pump

Finally, your waterproofing contractor might suggest installing two more things. First, you might need a drain. Contractors install drains inside and outside basements. The purpose of a drain is to collect water and force it away from the house. Secondly, installing a sump pump assists with preventing water damage. The sump pump kicks on when the water table is too high. It pumps the water and sends it away from the house.

Contact a waterproofing contractor

You can contact a waterproofing contractor in your city to learn more about their services. They can evaluate your home and determine what it needs to stop water from getting inside. Preventing water from entering is always better than addressing water damage after the fact.

Speak to a company such as Central Penn Waterproofing to learn more.