Basement Maintenance Checklist for Winter 2016

basementWinter may be a time for starting cozy fires in the fireplace and enjoying holiday celebrations with friends and family, but for homeowners, winter weather damage can turn into a source of significant stress and high maintenance costs. Checking these items off your Winter 2016 basement maintenance checklist is the best way to prevent a flooded basement in Rockford and Janesville area homes.

Get an Inspection

Having your basement inspected each year is the best way to identify flood risks and water damage before they become costly problems. The experts at Leaders in Disaster Restoration are available to provide you with a thorough, honest inspection. Get peace of mind throughout the winter and address minor problems before they become a major flooding issue.

Clear Your Storm Drains

When storm drains become clogged with snow, they can easily let excess water into your basement. Even a small clog could result in the accumulation of moisture and thousands of dollars in damage. Hiring a company like Leaders in Disaster Restoration to clean your storm drains annually is an easy way to save time and prevent further maintenance costs.

Buy a Water Pump

Flooding is one of the costliest winter basement issues that can occur. Whether your home floods due to a burst pipe or snow that has melted into your basement, a water pump is a great appliance to have in an emergency. Purchase a non-electric model to quickly remove water from your basement in the event that your power goes out.

Clean Your Basement

Sometimes, despite the best of efforts, basement flooding happens. The best way to minimize the damage is to act preventatively and keep your basement as clear as possible. Keep storage boxes and excess basement clutter to a minimum to prevent mildew. Even a small leak in your basement can lead to mildew and mold, posing a health risk to you and your family.

Have Snow Removal Supplies on Hand

At the first signs of winter, you should make sure that all the tools you need to remove snow and water in your basement are close at hand. Keeping snow shovels, water pumps, extra towels, and clean-up gear in your basement or storage closet ensures that you will have what you need to respond if flooding occurs. In some cases, you may require emergency assistance from a reputable company with experience dealing with a flooded basement in Rockford and Janesville area homes. If you are looking for a reliable estimate on basement repairs or preventive maintenance, call Leaders in Disaster Restoration today at (888) 874-7066. You will receive a free, no-pressure consultation and help with taking the next steps towards affordable basement repair. Water damage can costs tens of thousands of dollars in repairs, so it is important to work with a restoration company you trust to give you an honest estimate of repair costs. Preventative maintenance is always the best way to keep your basement protected throughout the year, and that begins with a regular inspection.
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