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How to Check for Water Leaks in Your Home

A concrete driveway with many cracks, causing foundation problems in the house next to it

This season, we’ve seen a lot of rain in Northeast Ohio. One of the most common—and important—jobs is preventing water from leaking into your home. At Mr. Level, we’ve helped both customers who already have water in their basement as well as people who see the water outside of their homes that hasn’t made its way into their house yet. Before you give us a call, here are two places to check around your home to prevent water leaks.

1. GUTTERS

Look up: Are your gutters draining the water toward your house or away from it? A quality gutter system will collect the rainwater that runs off your home and deposit onto the ground away from your home. 

There could be a number of reasons why your gutters are draining water toward your home. Do your gutters need to be cleaned? Leaves and other debris often gets trapped in the system, causing rain water to spill close to the foundation of your home. Are your gutters sagging? You may need to replace the hangars. And don’t forget to inspect your downspouts. Downspouts should direct water at least six feet away from the foundation of your house. You can easily install extensions to direct the water farther away from your home.

2. GROUND

Look down: Does water gravitate toward your house? If so, your grade (soil) or concrete may be slanted toward your house.

Polyurethane can be used to lift the soil and/or concrete, so it doesn’t collect near your house. We can even raise it further and tip it, so the water drains away from your house. The process is quick and easy: We drill a tiny hole (about the size of a dime) and put our ports in the ground to inject the foam. The foam expands and hardens within 15 seconds, which pushes the concrete up. The best part is that the polyurethane foam is watertight, so it’s a cost-effective method for waterproofing your home.

WATERPROOFING ALTERNATIVE SOLUTION

Rather than call a home waterproofing specialist and pay their high prices, Mr. Level offers a faster, more cost-effective solution that is guaranteed to last a lifetime. If you have an issue with water leaking into your home because of unleveled concrete, contact Mr. Level. We can raise your concrete and prevent water leakage in just one day.

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