Anyone else worries about keeping the basement dry when rain is in the forecast? Even a little drip can be a big problem. Mold and rot are a concern. But leaks can also seep in and damage the drywall or compromise the foundation of the home. Basement windows certainly have their work cut out for them. From grading to replacement windows in Seattle, WA, here are a few things to try to help keep your basement dry.
1. Check on Grading
Take a couple of steps back and look at the grading of your yard. Your home should sit on a slight slope that works to help move water away from the foundation. You will never be able to stop leaks in the basement if any part of the yard slopes towards your windows and doors. You might have to call in some landscaping professionals to fix the grading of the yard. If not, you will be fixing problematic leaks for a long time to come.
2. Keep Gutters and Downspouts Tidy
The gutters and downspouts of your home are designed to direct water away from the foundation. But clogged gutters and downspouts will not be able to work properly. Instead, water will flood up and over the gutters and run right down the house into the basement. When was the last time you had your gutters cleared? When was the last time you checked to make sure the downspout extenders are pointed away from your home? Making sure your gutters and downspouts are clear and functioning is an important step if you want to keep water out of your basement.
3. Clear Window Wells
Depending on where the base of your window is located, most basement windows will need to be encased by a window well. This space is necessary on egress windows to make it easier to crawl out in case of emergency. But window wells often get neglected. They often fill up with the debris of dried leaves, dirt, garbage, and weeds. And like the downspouts, if too much debris clutters up the window wells they will start to retain water. It is important to clear them out and lay down a layer of gravel at the bottom for better drainage. You can also install a window well cover to help keep the area clean and dry.
4. Reapply Caulk and Weather Stripping
With time, the caulk and weather stripping on old windows will wear out. You might notice cracks or drafts. Eventually, the gaps will start to leak. A quick trip to the hardware store and a weekend repair job will go a long way towards preventing leaks.
5. Upgrade with Replacement Windows
In some cases, basement windows will be beyond repair. The lifespan of these windows largely depends on the window material, exposure to the elements, and routine maintenance. Some will only last ten years, and some for thirty years. But other signs your windows have outlived their usefulness include condensation, rot, rust, and difficult operation.
For help finding the best replacement windows in Seattle, WA contact the experts at Signature Window & Door Replacement. They can help protect your basement against leaks so you will not have any more problems.
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