A 5-Minute Guide to Basement Waterproofing

If your landscaping is leveled, even an inch or two of rain can travel to your foundation, seep through the basement walls and cause your basement to leak. Cleaning up the water in the basement after it rains will cause your basement to smell and produce damages to your property. Molds could trigger a person’s allergies and cause respiratory problems you do not want to consider. The humidity and wetness in your basement is to be considered because it is of vital importance to your health. The number one allergen in a wet basement is caused by dust mites. Dust mites live with at least 50% of humidity in the air. There are ways to control humidity in the basement and one of that is by using a dehumidifier. When it comes to efficiency, an industrialized dehumidifier is always better equipped to handle the job. Home dehumidifiers are too small to collect water in your basement or to move dry air around the basement.

The first thing one need to know is on how to spot signs of a leaking basement. You can call professional basement waterproofing experts to help identify the exact cause of the leaks in the basement. Before calling a basement waterproofing contractor, here are some warning signs you should watch out for in your basement. This includes water seepage from the basement wall or floors, general dampness of the basement, warped paneling or dry rot, cracks in the basement walls or floors, mildew or fungus, and a musty odor from the basement. You may also watch for signs like any tile lifting from the basement floor, rust on the furnace or water tank, white powder on the basement walls, termites or other insect infestation, peeling paint on the basement walls, and any bucking or bowing of basement walls. Basement waterproofing experts are good at explaining how a basement waterproofing system can give a dry and odor-free basement.

Gutters or eves troughs reduce the amount of rain that a basement drain tile system should manage. Water travels from the top of the ground to the drain tile system collecting silt and sentiment from the soil. Over time, the silt and sentiment will clog the drain tile system leading to water in the basement. Keep gutters clean and downspouts at least 6 feet away from home to minimize the amount of water traveling to the drain tile system; that will help maximize the life of the system. Once a basement begins to leak, it is not too late to extend the gutters or downspouts. Don’t wait too long before addressing the issues to a basement waterproofing company. It will certainly cause more damage to the basement, the whole property, and your wallet.

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