Having a finished basement is a great way to add some extra storage to your home, entertain guests, or turn it into another bedroom. However, before you start decorating your basement, it is important to ensure that the foundation is in good condition to prevent any leaks. Water damage in the basement is a homeowner’s worst nightmare. The most effective way to keep your basement dry is to take preventative measures before any moisture gets in. Here are some easy ways to keep your basement dry.
Keep Water Away from Your Foundation
One of the easiest ways for water to enter your basement is by seeping through the foundation of your home. Water flowing toward the foundation can form puddles of standing water and cause damage. To keep moisture away from your foundation, you should install downspouts and gutters to direct water away from your home. However, debris and blockages can build up over time. You also need to regularly inspect and clean your gutters to ensure water flows through them and away from the foundation.
Seal Interior Walls and Floors
Another way to waterproof the walls and floor of your basement interior is to use waterproof sealant on the concrete. These special sealants will form a protective layer over the surface of your basement, preventing small leaks of water. It is important to apply a thick coat of sealant to fill every tiny hole of the masonry to form the proper seal. It is also good to keep in mind that sealant is not a proper fix for wall cracks or existing leaks. You should only apply it when your basement is not leaking.
Use a Dehumidifier
Basement humidity is a common problem that many homeowners deal with. Your basement may tend to be more humid than other parts of your house. This could be due to moisture coming through the foundation walls. You can use a dehumidifier to help keep your basement dry. The size dehumidifier you will need depends on the size of your basement. The bigger the basement, the bigger the dehumidifier. Dehumidifiers can help reduce and remove basement moisture, but it is still recommended to contact a professional for a full inspection. Improper use of a dehumidifier can increase mold growth.
Invest in a Sump Pump
Sump pumps are great for removing excess water from your basement in case of leaks or flooding. Sump pumps prevent standing water from pooling in your basement. They do require some additional plumbing installation but are one of the best ways to redirect water from your foundation.
Contact All Aspects Waterproofing for Basement Waterproofing Today!
If you are ready to get a professional to waterproof your home’s basement, contact All Aspects Waterproofing, a Better Business Bureau A+ rated company with over 30 years of experience in the DC./Maryland/Virginia area. We have a great deal of experience in waterproofing, mold testing, and mold remediation, and we want to make you feel at home again. Contact us online or by calling 1-866-999-3110 or 301-766-4420. To see what we’re up to, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, LinkedIn, and Houzz.