Basement Waterproofing Your Home

by Jane VanOsdol on March 1, 2012

Because of the frequent weather changes that have been happening across the country this winter, you may want to start thinking about ways to prevent or remedy any water and moisture problems in your basement or crawlspace before they happen. The constant snow to rain to heat to snow back to heat changes have caused basements across the country to flood which ends in damage and mold. Unfortunately, these problems can even lead to insect invasions and foundation problems. These basement waterproofing steps will help you prevent your basement from flooding before it happens.

STEP 1: Determining the cause, humidity or water leak? Before you can attack the problem, you have to determine the source. While water leaks could be the cause of your problems, you should also rule out that it is not a high humidity or condensation problem.

Signs of Humidity:

  • General basement dampness
  • Musty odors
  • Damp spots on the walls
  • Peeling paint

If you find any of the below problems in your basement or crawlspace, it may be from a water leak. If suspect a water leak is present in your basement or crawlspace, you should contact a basement waterproofing contractor.

Signs of A Water Leak:

  • Swelling walls that break off or crumble
  • Seeping water on top of walls
  • Standing water on your basement floor
  • Water rising from your floors

STEP 2: Take steps to insure your basement waterproofing solutions are working to their full potential. Be sure to install a sump pump. Because heavy rainfall is often a cause of basement floods and power outages, make sure you have a back up battery source for your sump pump that will continue to work through thunder and ice storms.

Waterproofing You Can Do At Home:

  • Clean your gutter system. Clogged gutters can cause water to flow towards your home, rather than away. Properly cleaning your gutters, especially in the fall, is an important and easy way to prevent water from seeping into your home.
  • Make sure the ground is level around your home. If the ground slopes towards your home, it can cause snow and water to be directed towards your home. Prevent water from flowing towards your home by leveling the ground around your home. You can easily build up the ground around your foundation to cause water to flow the opposite direction.
  • Install downspout trays and drain pipes that are longer than your current ones. The farther away from your home the water is directed, the less chance it has of reaching your foundation.

If you need assistance with a wet basement, contact a basement waterproofing contractor in your area. A basement waterproofing contractor will be able to locate the source of the problem/s and easily devise a solution.

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