Top 5 Steps to Stop and Prevent Basement Leaks
With our buildings in Boston being hundreds of years old, it’s super common to get water in the basements, but as a general contractor and someone who manages hundreds of properties over decades, we’ve seen it all. So let us go through these steps to be able to prevent and stop basement leaks…
With our buildings in Boston being hundreds of years old, it’s super common to get water in the basements, but as a general contractor and someone who manages hundreds of properties over decades, we’ve seen it all.
So let us go through these steps to be able to prevent and stop basement leaks from happening.
#1 Walk through the foundation
We’re going to check everything and see if there’s any type of leaks around in the foundation that needs to be sealed. Typically that’s where it comes from, if not, we move on to the next step.
#2 Install a sump pump in the basement
Sometimes it’s groundwater that comes up from the bottom. These sump pumps will be useful to help get that water from the ground and pump it out to somewhere else so it doesn’t end up on the floor of your basement again.
#3 Work on the french drains
In a french drain, you will dig around the perimeter of your foundation to put a drain system. That absorbs the water and moves it out to the street instead of hitting your foundation.
#4 Get downspouts and gutters
The easiest way to make sure that you don’t have any type of basement or foundation leakages is downspouts and gutters. Getting downspout far away from the property is usually the norm.
#5 Check the pipes and drains
Another way that we’re going to look into is the pipes. We’re going to check any types of drains that might be running from the house. It might be one hundred years old, and it might have deteriorated.
You need to make sure that it is in good condition. If necessary, repair or replace it so the water doesn’t go back up into your house and cause any damage to any of your personal belongings or your property.
If you or anyone else you know, is looking for a proactive property manager that can help you solve issues such as basement leaks, please think of Green Ocean Property Management, where you get more than a property manager, you get peace of mind.
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