Hang Your Basement Out To Dry

by Jane VanOsdol on April 18, 2011

Spring can bring volatile weather systems, and 2011 is stacking up to be one of the wettest in decades for much of the country. While no preventive measures can protect against a true natural disaster that brings high flood waters, taking the steps to waterproof your basement can rectify many moisture problems that you may already have and help prevent more damage during rainy seasons.

Moisture in your basement has several possible causes. It could be any one of the following causes, a combination of things or all of them could be responsible for your moisture or flooding issues.

  • Cracked concrete walls in your basement can contribute to moisture problems. Water has an invitation to your basement through these cracks.
  • Poor yard drainage causes water to overwhelm your foundation or increases the demands placed on your sewage system.
  • A blocked septic system can cause basement moisture and flooding.
  • Damaged gutters or poor placement of gutters and downspouts can lead to water flowing into your foundation and basement.

Fixing these issues often involves enlisting the help of basement waterproofing professionals. The company will assess your situation and help you figure out where your excess moisture is coming from by speaking with you and by completing a thorough exam of your home and yard.

Some companies can install their basement waterproofing systems any time of the year whether your basement is wet or dry, finished or unfinished. The All-Dry system is effective on all types of walls including poured concrete, block, brick and stone foundations. This system helps relieve hydro-static pressure and controls basement water where the wall and floor meet. Interior drainage systems are then customized to each individual structure.

Another important part of this system is the sump pump. All-Dry recommends that the entire interior area (where the wall and floor meet) be accompanied by a sump pump—sometimes more than one is necessary.

Other areas of your home where water may enter in may require treatment as well, including windows, door entrances, tops of walls, wall cracks and floor cracks.

Being proactive and waterproofing your basement can help prevent nasty scenarios of water or sewage seeping into your home—always a costly and messy fix. In addition, waterproofing your basement can also prevent a common health hazard of damp basements:  mold and mildew. Fix the problem areas that you can and call in the professionals for help when needed. A dry basement is a healthier one.

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