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Water Seepage, Problems and Solutions Things you can do to protect your investment sealing cracks before they get worse, checking the backwater valve to avoid a sewer backup, extending downspouts to prevent water seepage.

It’s a lot of work to maintain a home, but nowhere near as much as having to clean up after sustaining water damage in your basement!

Gutters play a crucial role: They carry thousands of litres of water every year.

During heavy rain, they can collect up to 10,000 L of water – half the volume of a 15 ft. A word of caution: Are your downspouts connected to the subsoil drainage pipe or the municipal sewer system? This is against National Building Code standards and many municipalities’ bylaws.

Disconnect them to avoid the risk of a sewer backup.

Clear the gutters: A good habit to get into, ideally, you should clean the gutters in the spring and fall.

Remove leaves and debris then use a hose to run water through them, starting from the highest point.

That way you can check that the water is flowing properly and find any leaks.

For your safety, we recommend hiring a professional.

Over time, soil erosion can change the slope of the ground around your house, until one day you realize rainwater is flowing toward the house instead of toward the street!

Be sure to keep an eye on this and take action to avoid seepage problems.

When the ground slopes toward the house, water from heavy rainfall or melting snow will collect near the foundation and fill the drains.