Does this sound familiar? You head down to the basement to get something you haven't seen since last fall and suddenly you have soggy socks. You check and sure enough there is water in the basement. This happen a lot in Alberta. Fluctuating temperatures cause rapid melting and that causes problems. Here are a few tips to help prevent getting your feet wet.
Stay on top of the snow - Hopefully, over the winter you have made efforts to keep the snow away from the foundation of your home. If not, do it now. We still may get more snow and then it melts quick. Channel trenches so the water will flow away from the house.
Eaves & Downspouts - You will likely need to clean them soon but it is also critical to be sure they are clear and free flowing at this time of year. If the water from the snow and/or spring rains can't flow, it overflows and runs down against the foundation. Not a good idea.
Grading - It may be too late for this year but as the snow melts, take note of any pooling around the foundation. Pooling water can seep into the basement and cause major problems. The ground around the home may have settled over time. So, be sure to add some fill and grade it away from the house this summer.
Fill in the cracks - If you can, fill any cracks in the walls of the basement with silicone or better yet, one of the commercially available product meant for the job. There are also contractors that can do the job for you.
Proper storage of important stuff - Basements can have water issues at times. Not only from external sources but internal as well such as a broken pipe or water heater. Therefore it is a good idea to store important stuff like papers, pictures etc., up off the floor and in plastic containers. Cardboard simply acts as a wick and draws water in so get rid of cardboard boxes.