5 Ways to Waterproof Your Basement

waterproofWhen summer rains are beating down, it’s good to know that we have a safe place inside. And while (for the most part), our homes are impenetrable, there are preventative measures that should be taken to keep the moisture out. Here are five simple steps to keep the most vulnerable part of your home (the basement) dry during the rainy season.

For more flooded basement tips, check out our Ultimate How-To Guide for a Flooded Basement.

  1. Get a dehumidifier. As humidifiers are useful in the dry winter, dehumidifiers are equally important during the wet summer. Like it or not, the humid air outside often will find its way into your home, forming condensation on your walls and windows. This condensation can lead to water damage and conditions ripe for mold. Mold weakens your basement walls and makes them more susceptible to leakage, not to mention mold can also make you and your family sick. You can prevent this damage and any further damage by placing a dehumidifier in your basement to take out excess moisture.
  2. Coating and sealing. It doesn’t matter how old you basement is—as time passes, cracks will begin to form inside your basement’s walls. Water will seep into the soil, and push into those cracks when the soil becomes too full of water. That being said, it’s important to actively seal these cracks and coat walls with water resistant material. For crack sealing, there are many concrete injectors that are made simply for this purpose. 
  3. Maintain your gutters and downspouts. It’s important to keep water away from your home’s foundation. As many homeowners know, this is what your gutters and downspouts are made to do. Yet if your gutters are clogged with leaves, or your downspout is letting out water too close to your home’s foundation, they aren’t serving their purpose. Keep an eye out for overflowing gutters. If you see water dripping over the sides of your gutters, it is a good indication that your gutter system is clogged somewhere. Also, be sure that your landscape discourages water from reaching the foundation of your home.
  4. Check for a drainage system. Make sure that your home has a proper drainage system. Most homes built in modern day are required to have this installed before the house can be put on the market, but it’s always worth your time to check, since it will ensure that whatever water enters your basement doesn’t stay there. If you do not have a drainage system, it is best to call in a professional. But, if you decide to tackle it on your own, take every safety precaution and be wary of sewage and water lines.
  5. Get a sump pump. Sometimes, despite taking all the previously mentioned precautions, water still gets in. Sump pumps extract water and pump it away any time water gets in your basement. While it may seem like an expensive investment, in the long run, it could save you a fortune in water damage repair. When selecting a sump pump, make sure to also get a battery backup. Many on the market today also have apps that will alert you on your smartphone if a problem is detected or your battery is low.

What if it’s too late? If you’re already noticing water damage or standing water in your basement, it is still not too late to act. Although you may not be able to handle a flooded basement yourself, there are people who are well qualified to help. Contact a professional water damage restoration company as soon as possible to prevent further damage.

About Hays + Sons

For more than 38 years, Hays + Sons has been the property restoration company that families, businesses and schools trust. We’re committed to helping you be prepared when the unexpected strikes, and whether you just want tips for water damage prevention and mitigation or currently have water damage, Hays + Sons has the capacity and expertise to help you get back to normal ASAP. 

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