Leaks in Your Basement

If you have leaks in your basement, you can end up with damage to your home’s foundation and stored items in the area. Whether it’s a minor or major leak, you should repair it quickly to prevent serious damage to your home. Take a look at three common things that cause a leaky basement.

Clogged Drains

A basement drain can easily get clogged from built-up dirt and debris. When the drain gets clogged, any water flowing out of the drain can back up forcing dirt, sediment and debris into the basement through the drain or cracks and seams in the floor. The first sign of a clogged drain is usually standing water in low areas of the basement floor. If you notice this, call a contractor for repairs before the situation gets worse.

Wall or Floor Cracks

Basement walls and floors, typically made of concrete, can develop cracks over time. Concrete often takes up to ten years to properly settle and shrink. As this process occurs, the basement foundation, floors and walls can develop hairline cracks that expand over time. In basements built with block walls, cracks can develop between the walls and the floor, as well as in the mortar used to hold the blocks together.

Improper Drainage

If the ground around your home’s foundation doesn’t have proper drainage, water can build up underground. If your foundation is in the path of flowing water from rain and snow, water can build up against foundation walls. Over time as your house settles, porous soil under the house will compress and sink creating a place for water to pool up around your foundation.

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Keep Ticks and Mosquitoes Away from Your Family

Ticks and mosquitoes can be dangerous pests that find a home in your backyard. They carry serious blood-borne diseases for humans as well as pets. However, you don’t need to tolerate these pests if you take certain precautions.

Preventing Ticks

• If you live near a wooded area and sometimes are visited by deer or coyotes, you can reduce the ticks that enter your yard by keeping out these animals. Ticks travel on mammals, so it’s good to keep larger animals away.

• If you have a stack of wood outside for the long winter nights, it should be stacked neatly in a dry location. Stacked wood, brush and dead leaves all provide a moist location for ticks to breed.

• Children shouldn’t play in areas where there is tall grass or a lot of trees. Ticks can cling to their clothing and you won’t see them until it’s too late.

• Ticks also like to live under bird feeders. If you clean it regularly, ticks won’t be attracted.

• If you have been hiking or playing outdoors where there may be ticks, be sure to check your body and clothing when you get home. Ticks like to feed under arms, at the hairline and all over. They should be removed carefully with tweezers and not squeezed. This could cause the tick to spit on the attachment point and pass disease.

• Professionals can use tick tubes and barrier sprays that are efficient at keeping ticks away and are environmentally-friendly.

Preventing Mosquitoes

If you live in an area where mosquitoes breed, you may need to wear mosquito repellant just to go outdoors during warm summer evenings. This may be fine once in a while, but is not a permanent solution to the problem. Professionals can install misting systems for mosquitoes around your yard that automatically release a 30-second spray two to four times per day that repels or kills mosquitoes and ticks in all the treated areas.

These systems are inconspicuously placed around the garden and can be turned on and off by remote control if you want more or less spraying. There are also all-natural solutions available made from essential oils.

When help is easily available and inexpensive, why take chances with your family and friends. You can avoid bites and diseases by making your yard unattractive to pests and inviting to people.