Nothing could be worse for a homeowner than to find that their basement is wet. Whether it is a small trickle of water or a small puddle, these are clear signs that there could be a much larger problem lurking beneath the surface. If not careful when moisture can accumulate in the basement of your home, it could lead to other time-consuming and expensive repairs. If such problems aren’t dealt with immediately, it could lead to the growth of toxic mould or structural damage to your home, such as what can occur from tree roots. However, there are 3 methods you can use that can help to prevent such problems from arising.
Method 1 – Interior Waterproofing
Of all the methods discussed here, this is the most affordable and easiest to carry out. First, inspect your basement to see if there are any cracks or holes in the walls or floor. These are the most obvious ways in which water can penetrate this area of your home. After carrying out any repairs to fill in any cracks or holes, you can then apply a waterproof sealant to your entire basement. Look for an interior waterproofing sealant that comes with an extended warranty as this will help to guarantee it is effectiveness. This is something that you can easily do for yourself.
Method 2 – Exterior Waterproofing
This is a very expensive, time-consuming, and labour intensive method to help prevent water penetration into the basement in your home. For this, you’ll need to arrange for a professional to carry out this work. First off, removal of soil around the exterior of your home will need to be carried out. The only way only way they can do this is through using heavy machinery and tools. Once the soil has been removed, the company you’ve hired will then apply a waterproof sealant to all the exterior walls of your home. This type of sealant is polymer-based and should last for many years to come.
Method 3 – Improve The Drainage System
Problems with the drains that are important to your home can often be the principal cause of moisture in your basement. If you want to ensure that your basement remains moisture-free, you need to keep the drainage system in excellent condition. First, look to see if the drainage around your home is functioning correctly. You need to look closely at the slope of the ground around the foundations of your home. The soil should be slope away from it rather than towards the houses foundations. If this is the situation of course removing the soil will help. But you may find the installation of a sump pump helps to remove any water that has collected around the foundations of your home. Again, it is best to arrange for this work to be carried out by a professional.