Vulcan Basement Waterproofing Warns April Showers May Bring Wet Basements

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Getting ready for the spring rains means checking the sump pump

If it leaked before it will leak again if you don’t take measures to correct the problem

According to the experts at Vulcan Basement Waterproofing, homeowners can do several things to try to prevent basements from flooding during the heavy rains that usually accompany the arrival of spring,

“After a couple days of light rain, heavy spring downpours will often be enough to bring water into the basement, even if it hadn’t leaked in the previous year. Many parts of the country are experiencing rainfall amounts well below normal and this has led homeowners to falsely believe that the problems they had with water seepage in the past have mysteriously been corrected,” said Matthew Verville, Owner and National Director for Vulcan Basement Waterproofing, a 60 year old company that specializes in the diagnosis and control of below-grade water seepage problems.

Some things recommended by Vulcan Basement Waterproofing are simple- like maintaining the grade level near a house to ensure the ground is level or preferably sloped away from the home, extending roof drain spouts away from the foundation, making sure the sump pump works or purchasing a new sump pump to have on-hand if there is any question. The best way to check your sump pump is to let a hose run into your sump pit. The sump pump should cycle on and off automatically and if not, make sure if the sump pump is equipped with a float device, that the float is not trapped against the side of the sump well. If the float moves freely and the pump does not operate, now is the time to replace the pump.

If the basement does flood, officials warn that the water brings with it the threat of structural problems and possible electrical shock, not to mention the loss of personal property as well as numerous health related concerns. Vulcan Basement Waterproofing says that most damage is preventable if homeowners check for and repair problems before they occur.

Basement waterproofing is something people typically think about only when their basement has leaked several times and finally floods. “If it leaked before it will leak again if you don’t take measures to correct the problem,” said Verville of Vulcan Basement Waterproofing, and unfortunately the water problem usually gets worse each time it comes in.

Vulcan Basement Waterproofing advises taking a pro-active stance now – check the sump pump and correct any water problems, before the spring rains cause an in-home catastrophe. A little foresight can save many thousands of dollars in both losses and repair bills.

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