When you was growing up, you may remember hating your basement. It was damp and dark and just an overall unpleasant place. The fact that anything stored down there inevitably fell victim to the random flooding and pervasive wetness that never seemed to ever dry out also didn’t help.
Now that you are older, of course, I understand that there are different things that can be done to help ensure a basement stays dry. In fact, I understand just how important it is to keep the basement dry rather than simply ignoring the water. If you’ve found yourself in a similar situation with your own basement, don’t worry – there are things you can do to help improve the situation:
Where is the water coming from?
The first thing you need to do when it comes to wet basement solutions is understand where exactly the water is coming from. Is it seeping in through the floor, or are there trails of water trickling down the walls themselves? You have to know where the water originates if you are going to be able to effectively remedy the problem and prevent future issues from cropping up.
Address the Issue – Fast!
Once you understand where the water originates, you can begin to decide how best to address it. You might consider working to rid your basement of humid air as much as possible, for example, by sealing dryer vents or installing a vent fan. You can also use a dehumidifier in your basement to help keep the air drier and less conducive to the transportation and formation of moisture. Insulating pipes is another great way to help keep your basement nice and dry.
If the water in your basement is not coming outside, another great wet basement solution that you might consider implementing is insulating your walls,…
…if you do this when the water IS leaking in from the outside, then you are likely just creating a mold issue.
This is part of the reason why it is important to determine from where the water is coming, remember? Once you know that it is not coming from outside, you can insulate your walls in an effort to reduce condensation in your basement. You might also consider installing extended downspouts and gutters. Doing this can help ensure that the rain water is collected by the gutters and send directly to the downspout, which then carries it away from your home and basement.
Finally, you might want to seal up any cracks or holes that you see in the foundation itself.
This can help keep your basement safe and dry! You can do this using an epoxy or hydraulic cement. Contact us today to seal up your foundation so that you’re never in the position of experiencing unwanted water in your basement again!