Preventing Basement Leaks

If you have a basement, or even just a crawlspace, the last thing you want is
water infiltrating the area. Even a minor leak can cause damage to walls
and flooring, and may even lead to mould issues. Here are some
precautions worth taking:

• Every spring and fall, check the grading around your home. The
ground should gently slope away from the foundation. Pay particular
attention to areas where shrubs and other foliage make the grading
difficult to see.
• Look for cracks in the foundation. Get them fixed right away. Even a
minor crack that doesn't appear to penetrate all the way through can
cause problems eventually.
• Check the caulking on basement windows. If it's worn and cracked,
it's time for recaulking. The lifespan of most exterior caulking is less
than five years.
• Watch the eavestroughs when it rains. (You'll get wet, but it's worth
it.) Make sure the water drains well away from the foundation.

Doing these simple inspections takes just a few minutes. Yet, if they prevent
a basement leak, it's time well spent!

Timothy Mercer

Timothy Mercer

CENTURY 21 Erie Shores Realty Inc., Brokerage*
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