- The first things a homeowner should check in the spring in order to keep the basement dry are the gutters and downspouts. You want to be sure that the gutters are clean and that the gutters and downspouts are not ripped away from the house after all the ice we had this winter. This is what keeps the water flowing away from the house.
- You also want to check the soil around the foundation. You want to make sure that the soil is pitched away from the house. You don't water coming toward the foundation.
- When you are outside, look at the concrete in the foundation above grade. You want to make sure that are no cracks in the foundation above grade. This is often like having a window open. If you have a stone foundation, be sure you don't have any cracks in the motor between the stones.
- Remove any personal materials that you store which have gotten damp or wet during the winter.
- Look carefully at the basement windows. While the ice was falling this winter, it could have cracked your window. While you are looking a the windows, look and see if there are any water lines around the window or window sill.
- Lastly, take a look at the sump pump. Raise the float and make sure that the motor goes on. You don't want your sump pump failing when we get spring showers.
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