Steps You Can Take to Prevent Your Basement from Becoming a Winter Waterland

humidity-controlWinters – especially snowy ones – can wreak havoc on your basement. Melting snow is a major contributor to basement wetness, because it tends to build up around the base of your home. Once it begins to melt, it can seep in through cracks and porous materials, causing some major dampness concerns.

As New Yorkers, we know we can get a major snowstorm one day, and then a warm-up that causes significant melting the next. And – that can lead to basement water concerns. Fortunately, there are some steps you can take to keep your basement from turning into a “winter waterland” and ruining your holiday season.

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  • Make sure your gutters are clean. If you have leaf or ice buildup in your home’s gutters, this can cause significant issues such the formation of ice dams – and that can cause significant moisture problems. That’s because water from snow and rain won’t be properly diverted from your home. This leads to water pooling and eventually seeping into your basement.
  • Make sure downspouts carry water away from the foundation. It seems to go without saying that your downspouts should point away from your house’s foundation, but if that’s not the case, you’ll want to make sure they are. If the downspouts are pointed toward your foundation, that can cause pooling of water around your foundation – making leaks more likely.
  • Exhaust fans can help. If you have a lot of moisture in your basement, you might want to consider installing an exhaust fan. One caution about this is, if the air outside is too damp, or the surfaces in your basement are too cool, condensation can occur. If that’s the case, as it may very well be in winter, an exhaust fan can cause more harm than good.
  • You may need a dehumidifier. Sometimes, you will simply need to install a dehumidifier in your basement in order to mitigate the moisture problem. At Basement Waterproofing, Inc. we offer our customers the Wave Home Solutions™ Humidex air unit, which quietly and efficiently removes excess humidity from your basement and helps to balance the environment in your home.


Know when to call in an expert. If you’re worried about the winter water problems that your basement experiences, you should enlist the help of a professional. At BWI, we’ve been helping people keep their basement moisture under control for the last 39 years. We can explain our different products and services to you, and how one of our Humidex air units may be able to help keep your basement dry. For your convenience, we’re fully staffed during normal working hours to answer your calls – call us at (800) 439-4951, and we’ll be glad to help.


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