A flooded or basement is one of the most terrifying experiences for homeowners and can cause significant health hazards and damage, even after the water has been removed and dried.
Flooding is caused by many things, from poor construction to damage to wear and tear. Wet basements are so common that more than half of U.S. homes have experienced a flooded or wet basement, and 38 percent of those homes are susceptible to basement mold according to the American Society of Home Inspectors.
Water often penetrates the foundation when there are heavy rains, snow melt or in areas where water level is high. If you notice dampness, regardless how small it is, and a musty odor in your basement, you need to address it immediately before serious damage could happen to your home. Damage can range from structural instability, mold and mildew development.
Taking the necessary preventative steps will help prevent nightmares and expensive repairs. A good basement waterproofing job can prevent mold, eliminate mildew, and ward off musty smells in your basement.
Basements are like the foundation of your investments, and it is good measure to have it well protected. Here are a few tips on how to waterproof your basement.
FOUNDATION CRACK MAINTENANCE
Water can get in through cracks in your foundation walls and flood your basement. A common basement waterproofing solution is to use a waterproofing paint or fill those cracks with sealant. Sealers are available for coating basement walls and floors. They offer a quick, but temporary waterproofing measure and are easy to apply, provided you follow the manufacturer’s guidelines.
Keep in mind— waterproofing paint and sealants can only protect your foundation wall against marginal amounts of water intrusion and damage. If large amounts of water are flooding in through the wall, the paint won’t be able to keep it out.
Gutters catch rainwater and whisk it away through downspouts. If your house doesn’t have gutters, consider installing them. Gutters with proper downspouts and downspout extensions are a great way to keep water away from the edge of the home’s foundation and away from the basement. If you already have gutters, clean them and make sure they’re not crammed with leaves and branches. Consider installing gutter protection as well, to prevent debris from clogging up your gutters.
As important as gutters are, downspouts must be properly located. Downspouts collect the water from the gutters and disperse it away from the home. If your downspouts are poorly located, the water will be collected and sit next to your home, it will then seep into the ground into the cracks in your foundation. Make sure downspouts are at least 6 feet from the home.
INSTALL A SUMP PUMP
Installing a sump pump will likely solve your flooding problem. A sump pump collects the water inside your basement, and pumps the water outside away from your home. If you already have a sump pump in your basement you will need to maintain it on a regular basis to prevent blockages. Check your sump pump by pouring water into the sump pit. If the pump automatically starts, your sump pump is working. Many wise homeowners choose to have a backup sump pump installed as a safety precaution. This will keep the pump operating even during a power outage, or during times of heavy rainfall when the primary pump cannot keep up.
CONTROL CONDENSATION AND HUMIDITY
Condensation and humidity can make a basement damp. Condensation occurs when water from cold pipes reacts to warm air. To stop condensation from forming, you can insulate your pipe with foam insulation. You can also insulate the walls of your basement to help prevent condensation. You can reduce the level of humidity by using a dehumidifier.
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