During winter, there is no shortage of wet basements and flooded yards. It is a trouble-ridden season for many folks in VA. In fact, winter is one of the busier times of year for wet basement problems and the people who solve them.
Experts in the field agree that waterproofing your basement and property should never take a back seat to seasonal climate issues. So while problems can persist any time of the year, keeping your property dry is a must.
Here are some tips for keeping your basement and yard dry during winter.
Insulate pipes: Never trust that the water pipes in your home are protected from bursting. Extreme cold can stop water in its tracks and cause it to expand, detract, and crack a pipe wide open. Have a plan in place to wrap your basement water pipes up with insulation to keep your basement dry and your home protected.
Water Heater: Make winter the time of the year that check your water heater for leaks. There are many choke points on a water heater that, because of the amount of water inside and the pressure it holds in, can simply burst when weakened. Taking a closer look at your water heater now can save you from a potential disaster in the future.
Sprinkler Systems: Though having an in ground sprinkler system is less common than the above two, they are no less troublesome in winter. To prevent your yard from flooding, be sure to turn off the main valve, drain the water in the line, and cap sprinkler tops. A leaking sprinkler can turn your yard into a river in a matter of weeks.
Finally, it’s important for all homeowners to know where their main water shut off valve is located in their home, and how to gain access to it. Gaining access to the main supply of water in an emergency can save your home from tragic (and preventable) damage.
If you need help with any of your winter waterproofing needs, please don’t hesitate to contact us with your questions and concerns.