Some Tips To Help Waterproof Your Basement

Posted on: 3 September 2018

Even if your basement is a space you never think about and is only the home to your HVAC and hot water units, you still need to keep it as dry as possible. If you allow water to get inside, including moisture or condensation to form inside the space you risk having the cement start to crumble and decay. This can cause major problems for the rest of the building as the support for the walls and floors are damaged or destroyed. So, even if everything is going fine with your heating and cooling systems, it is important you head down to the basement and check things out regularly. When you notice a water problem, here are a few things you can do to stop it.

Move the Downspout

The water that flows from your roof travels through the rain gutters and down the downspout. It is important that the spout aims the water away from the foundation. If you notice that there is water collecting around the base of the house, adjust the downspout so that it flows away from it instead.

Change the Landscaping

It is important that the landscape is arranged so that it is higher near the house and angles down and away from the foundation. This will help to keep rain and melted snow from sitting around the outside of the house where it will seep into the concrete and into the basement.

Seal Cracks

There are a number of different products available you can paint onto the interior walls of the basement to seal them. It is also a good idea to hire a professional to come and fill any cracks or replace any mortar if you are uncertain of how to do this without causing damage. Once you are sure all the cracks are filled you can seal the whole wall to ensure moisture does not seep in through the pores in the concrete.

You may not see moisture or actual water in the basement unless you are sure to go down and check during or after rain, or when the snow is melting. However, it is also important to check when there has been no precipitation for a while. Instead of looking for water, look for damage. At the first sign of trouble, contact a waterproofing company to inspect the area. You can then decide whether you can do the work yourself or if it would be best to let the professionals take care of things for you.

For more information, contact a company like Sohan and Sons.