Fall is fast approaching, and one of the most important steps you can take to keep water away from your home and basement is keeping the gutters clean and free of debris. Leaves and dirt that have accumulated there will make rain overflow and accumulate near the foundation of your home, making seepage more likely and a wet or damp basement the clear product of that accumulation.
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A leaky basement causes nothing but headaches. Not only does the water damage your finishings, but mold can start grow, leading to health problems. Instead of spending time sopping up water and trying to get rid of mold, it’s best to stop the water at its source.
When it comes to waterproofing your home, there are several options available to you.
Outside, a bobcat can be brought in to dig down beside your foundation. Once it’s exposed, a waterproofing solution can be applied to the concrete, keeping the water outside. After it has been sealed, the earth is put back and sloped away from the house.
Look For Obvious Solutions.
The cause of a wet or damp basement can be minor, readily apparent, and easily corrected. Here are some probable causes and possible solutions:
Problem: The source of water in the basement cannot be identified.
Solution: To determine whether the water is seeping in from the outside or condensation inside, tape a twelve-inch square of aluminum foil to a wall that is prone to dampness, sealing all four sides as airtight as possible. In a day or two, if the side of the foil that was against the wall is wet, the problem is seepage. If the outside is wet, it’s condensation. Inside, tape a twelve-inch square of aluminum foil t
I’m not sure you can ever completely waterproof your basement. Even in the best cases, you should still approach the project with a mindset of reality, knowing that this is a below-grade space and that there is always the possibility of water infiltration. Still, you gotta do what you gotta do. Here are a few tips:
- Deal with exterior foundation waterproofing issues.
- Slope earth away from your house.
- Divert downspouts at least 6 feet away from house.
- Apply waterproofing to exterior foundation wall.
- Install a french drain.
- Fill in foundation wall cracks.
o a wall that is prone to dampness, sealing all four sides as airtight as possible. In a day or two, if the side of the foil that was against the wall is wet, the problem is seepage. If the outside is wet, it’s condensation.