Basement Waterproofing – Protecting Your Home From Water Damage

by Rachel Laurendeau on March 26, 2013

There’s nothing like that sinking feeling you get when you go down to your basement and notice the telltale signs that you have unwanted water seeping into your home. As the spring sun thaws the remainder of the snow and seasonal rains start, you might be worried about basement waterproofing.

What can you do to keep your basement dry?
The DIY home improvements that can help in your quest for a dry house:

• Make sure the ground around your home slopes away from the structure, directing the flow of water away from your foundation and ensuring that it drains effectively. Don’t forget that even the areas under decks and steps and also hard surfaces such as patios, sidewalks and driveways all need to be properly graded as well. Take care that your grading improvements don’t cause drainage problems for nearby neighbors.
• Be sure to keep your gutters and downspouts clean and free of debris. Clogs and damage to this system often mean water spilling over and pouring down along the foundation and making its way into your home. Ideally, you should be cleaning them out at least once a year in the fall but it’s also a good idea to check them late spring to clear out any tree pollen, seeds or other debris that may have accumulated.
• Assess your current downspouts, drain pipes and downspout trays to see if you need longer ones to direct the water even further away from your foundation. This is an extremely easy and inexpensive improvement to make.
• If you have any large trees or shrubs with invasive root systems that are near enough to cause foundation damage, remove them or hire an arborist to take them out for you.

What else can be done?
• If there are signs of mold in your home, you may need mold remediation done by professionals. As this can affect the health of people living in your home, have it taken care of without delay.
• Often, despite our best efforts, basements still have moisture or leaks. For help with a wet basement, contact a local basement waterproofing contractor who can pinpoint the cause of the problem and help you protect your home from future issues.
• In some cases, having a backwater valve and sump pit installed in your basement might be the key to preventing basement flooding in your home.

If you are about to embark on a basement finishing or remodeling project, talk to your contractor about the essentials of basement waterproofing to protect your home from water damage.

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