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There are a number of factors that put your home at risk for basement flooding, seepage, or structural failure. One issue is the condition and ongoing maintenance of your gutters and downspouts. Your biggest source of water is the roof of your home, and this water needs to be kept away from your foundation.

Another issue is the slope of the surrounding landscape around your home. This area needs to shed water away from your foundation.

Prevention

Simple solutions start with periodic cleaning of your gutters. Four to six times a year is not too much.

Second is extending downspouts and securing them to be sure gutter discharge is far enough away from the home's foundation.

Third, inspecting the slope of the soil around the home every year during spring cleanings will make it easier to identify low spots which then can be filled in.

If these tips do not improve your foundation water issues, call Finn Christensen & Son for a comprehensive solution designed specifically for your home or business.

Common Causes of Basement Flooding

There are a number of factors that can put your home at risk for basement flooding. These include the incline of the ground around your home and the density of the surrounding soil.

The ground around your home is the second line of defense against basement flooding. If it slopes away from your property, the water will run away from the basement. If it is flat, it will allow the water to seep towards the basement.

When a house's foundation is first built, the hole is dug farther around to accomodate the workers as they build the walls. When this softened soil is pushed back against the foundation wall, it becomes a sponge for water. 

However, overly hard soil can be as dangerous as overly soft soil. This is especially a problem in southeastern Wisconsin areas like Kenosha and Racine, where  the soil is mostly made of clay. Because the ground is so dense, it won't allow water to dissipate. If the gutters are clogged or don't lead away from the house, the rainwater will find fissures in the dense soil and pass through the relatively porous concrete into the basement.

Prevention

Even if your home is on flat terrain or in poor soil, there are a number of things you can do to prevent basement water problems. Maintaining your guttters and downspouts is the most important part of basement water prevention. Try to clean your gutters out at least four or five times a year, and make sure your downspouts have extensions that direct the water away from the home enough for the natural decline of the environment to take over.

Of course, if all else fails, you can trust Finn Christensen & Son to solve your basement flooding problems in a quick and reliable manner.