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3 Ways to Prepare Your Home for the Deluge

mold growing on basement walls
mold growing on basement walls

So far, 2017 is shaping up to be one of the wettest years on record. While many places in the U.S. see the rain as a boon, for homeowners across the nation, the rains have caused endless problems. Flooding, leaks, and other damage have been reported across the nation. 

Flooding, leaks, and other damage have been reported across the nation. Not only can this lead to significant structural and foundation problems, but it can also lead to health problems: mold can form in a wet basement in as few as 24 to 48 hours if the flooded area is not cleaned and dried properly.

For many people struggling to keep up with the rains, poor home waterproofing is at the heart of the problem. If you are looking for ways to avoid the worst of the flooding and damage, we have some easy tips for you.

Smarter Landscaping

One of the biggest problems when it comes to home waterproofing is that people tend to approach the issue only inside the walls of their homes. Poor drainage or invasive roots can have a profoundly damaging effect on the foundation, requiring expensive foundation repair services. Make sure that your property provides the drainage you need to stave off the effects of water damage.

Maintain Your Sump Pump

The average submersible sump pump lasts between five and 15 years. It is especially important to keep up-to-date on your maintenance if your wells and exterior drainage is routed through the sump pump. The extra rain will require your sump pump to be working in perfect order.

Check Your Gutter Downspouts

One of the easiest ways to experience flooding during times of heavy rain is to have poorly placed gutter downspouts which fail to lead water far enough away from the foundation. Any instance in which water is allowed to pool near your foundation is increasing the likelihood of foundation cracks.


While many homeowners view rain as a burden and threat to the safety of their home, with the proper home waterproofing, you don’t have to worry quite as much. If you have concerns over whether your home is properly waterproof, contact the specialists at Real Seal LLC. today.


Austin Werner

Austin Werner is the Owner of The Real Seal LLC, a basement waterproofing and foundation repair company. Austin believes that having a highly trained and happy team is the key to success. This is reflected through hundreds of 5 star customer reviews his company has received online.

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