Winston-Salem, NC - January 25th, 2016
Many homeowners in Northwest North Carolina & Southwest Virginia experienced anywhere from 3”-12” of snow and ice over the weekend. As temperatures rise to the mid 50’s and 60’s over the next week, that snow will melt and bring inches of water. That water will soak into the ground next to your home’s foundation and make its way into your basement or crawl space.
If your home has an exterior french drain system, it may be clogged and the excessive water from the melt may cause the water table to rise well above the footing drain pipe at the base of your foundation wall. Many homes have a block foundation wall, which is extremely porous and will allow water to push through and into a basement or crawl space. If your home has had moisture issues in the basement or crawl space in the past, then the upcoming melt will likely affect your home. Even those homes that have never had a water issue before may see some moisture intrusion after the “big melt.”
How to prepare for the “big melt”
The best way to prepare your home for the upcoming melt and any future snows this winter is to have a certified waterproofing specialist out to your home. History has proven that exterior waterproofing fails over time, and usually at the most inconvenient of times, which is why the best solution is to give the water a passageway to exit the basement or crawl space. An interior perimeter drainage system leading to a commercial-grade sump pump is the best permanent solution to keep your basement or crawl space dry all the time. One thing to make sure of is that the discharge line for the sump pump extends at least 5 feet from your foundation wall. You do not want the water that is leaving your basement to build back up next to the foundation wall.
Many homes tend to lose power during some of the heavier storms, which is why it is important to have a sump pump with a battery backup. This will allow the sump pump to continue to evacuate water from the basement or crawl space even if the home has lost power temporarily.
For more information about basement and crawl space waterproofing, contact:
Tar Heel Basement Systems
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