Getting Your Basement Ready for Winter
The winter months are upon us, but don't let this fool you as a homeowner. Even without rain, thunderstorms and humidity, your basement is still at risk of damage. Whether it be flooding from melting snow, cracks in your pipes and concrete from the freezing temperatures, or something completely different, these can be avoided with a little prevention. Here we outlined some actions you can take on your own to get your basement cold-weather-ready.
You can help keep your basement secure this winter by taking these measures.
Seal leaks. Look for drafts or any signs of water around your basement doors and windows. Use weatherproof caulk to seal the gaps, both inside and outside. If you notice a large crack or leak in your basement floor or wall, call Basement Solutions as soon as possible to get help. You likely have an issue that will need to be handled by a professional in that case.
Insulate your pipes. You will want to cover basement pipes with insulation. Sheets of foam insulation works best, secured with a sturdy tape. This goes for metal pipes as they can burst if they freeze – and that can lead to basement damage you don’t want to think about.
Take care of windows. Basement windows are easy to forget because they are small and set higher along the basement wall. But, they can be a major culprit for letting cold air into your home. Use plastic window film to cover them and keep the cold air at bay.
Get your “ducts” in a row. If there is exposed ductwork in your basement, make sure it’s dust free and then seal up joints, grooves and leaks with aluminum tape.
Lastly, take care of your furnace. Make sure you get professional maintenance on your furnace to ensure it’s running safely. One part of furnace maintenance you can do yourself is the filter change. You should do that usually monthly during times when your furnace is running heavily. It helps with efficiency and keeps dirty air from circulating in your home.
If you’re concerned your basement has moisture problems, don’t wait to take care of it.
Cracks in the walls and floors, pools of water, mold, mildew and leaks all need immediate attention from a basement waterproofing professional. Some of these may seem like they can go unattended but this is NOT the case. If you notice any of these problems, they should be taken care of before the temperatures dip down too low, or spring returns. You can remedy the situation by calling Basement Solutions today. – call us at 484-393-2911, and we’ll be glad to help.