News from ServiceMaster by Ayotte

On April 08, 2018

April Showers Bring May Flowers . . . and wet basements (Strategies to Keep Your Basement Dry)

It’s a given, April is a wet month. Whether it brings spring showers or like this year, snowmelt, moisture is everywhere.

We welcome it when it renews the earth after a long winter bringing us the beauty of crocuses, tulips, and daffodils. It is not so welcome when it seeps into our basements causing water damage, mold, and mildew.

In spring, as the ground starts to thaw, the soil around our foundations becomes saturated with water and it can leak through cracks and penetrate the porous concrete used in our basement walls.

What can you do to help? The best defense against water in our homes is a good offense. Here are a few things you can do to dry up your wet basement for good:

  • Use a dehumidifier – or two. For smaller issues, a dehumidifier is a great tool for absorbing extra moisture.
  • Make sure your gutters and downspouts are in good shape and functioning properly. The downspouts should have 4 to 6-foot extensions to move the water away from the house.
  • Waterproof the walls. This includes plugging any holes and cracks in your foundation. If your walls weep, consider using a water-resistant paint. The paint is designed to fill pores in the cement.
  • Ensure that water flows away from the house. Keeping water out of your basement can be as simple as a little landscaping. Create a 6-foot wide slope that drops about 4 inches away from the foundation.

If you’re thinking, “I’ll get on those things right away, but what do I do about the water that’s in my basement right now?” ServiceMaster by Ayotte can help with that. Our technicians are ready to help you dry out. Click here to email us or call us at 507-366-7149.