The health of your basement affects the health of your home and its inhabitants. Each year, and regularly throughout the year, you should inspect it for any damage that could compromise the safety of the home.
Inspect Your Sump Pump
Your sump pump should be inspected regularly to check for potential problems like clogging. These devices are designed to pump water from your home and depositing it into a nearby storm drain. If there are any problems with it, it should get fixed as soon as possible to prevent damage to the basement.
Check For Visible Cracks & Visible Moisture
Moisture can be common in basements around drains but shouldn’t be in excess. Check your basement for visible moisture and cracks that can lead to discoloration, mold growth, and a compromised foundation. Make sure to check behind any boxes and shelving you have.
Any water accumulation where it’s not supposed to be is a sign of a potentially serious issue and you should call a professional to diagnose the problem.
Drain Your Water Heater
If you haven’t been already, make sure that you drain your water heater annually. This removes any built-up sediment and makes your water heater run more efficiently. You can find tutorials online, or call a professional.
Get Rid Of Unwanted Guests
Your basement can be a refuge for unwanted guests like insects and other creepy crawlies. They can come into your home via cracks in the floor, wall, or even windows. Regularly treat your basement (and home!) with pest control by carefully following application instructions. If you find that the problem won’t go away, call a professional exterminator.
Call A Professional For A Full Inspection
Prevention is the best medicine so make sure you catch problems before they have time to become an expensive repair. For a full inspection of your basement, call the professionals at Missouri Basement. Using high-quality basement waterproofing products and a staff that has encountered and conquered virtually every waterproofing challenge imaginable in St. Charles and St. Louis, Missouri Basement delivers effective solutions for all your waterproofing needs.