The last thing we want to worry about is any type of water getting into our basement. This could cause permanent damage to our furniture as well as the general structure of our home. The best option is always to get a professional to waterproof your basement, but there are things you can do to help as well. Here are some tips on how to help keep your basement dry.
Gutters And Downspouts
Your home needs some sort of system that collects the rainwater and sends it away from your home. If you don’t have gutters and downspouts installed already, it is important that you get some to keep water out of your basement. If you already have a gutter system, make sure that it is up to date. An old gutter may begin to let water in. Downspouts should be at least five feet away from the home to ensure the water isn’t going towards your home.
Rocks And Gravel
A simple and fairly cheap way of helping to keep your basement dry is to line the exterior of it with rocks or gravel. Rocks are known to absorb moisture and dry quickly. This will help to reduce the amount of water that accumulates around the home’s foundation, keeping it dry. It also helps to minimize the amount of water that will seep through and into your home.
Don’t Hang Up Clothes
Though we have the luxury of automatic dryers now, some clothing items simply can’t be dried in a machine. For those fragile clothing items, they must be hung up. It is best to avoid hanging wet clothes in the basement to dry because this helps in reducing the amount of moisture in the basement. If your bathroom has enough space, it is better to hang wet clothes in there. Otherwise, a good old-fashioned clothing line outside will do the job just as well.
Exhaust Fans In Basement Bathrooms
Speaking of bathrooms, a lot of moisture and humidity comes from them. This is expected because the bathroom is where we take showers. If you have any bathrooms in the basement, exhaust fans will help to reduce the humidity and moisture that comes from them. Exhaust fans provide ventilation while the shower or bath is running and gives the excess moisture a place to go other than in your home.
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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 Washington, 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, Google+, Pinterest, YouTube, LinkedIn, and Houzz.