Protecting Your Basement From Water Damage

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If you own a home with a basement, water related issues can wreak havoc on your foundation. The basement is important for your home's structural integrity, and water can seep in through the walls or the ground, causing the integrity to be compromised. In order to protect your home from water-related issues in the basement, waterproofing can help stop the problem before it starts. Here are some ways you can help prevent problems with water from affecting your basement.

Locate The Problem

If you think you're encountering a problem with water in your basement, you need to locate the source of the issue as soon as possible so you can stop it. Take a closer look at the grading around your home and see where water may be heading downward towards the foundation. Look for leaks, pooling of water, and even cracks in your driveway. Patch any cracks in the brick, sidewalk, or driveway as soon as possible and consider having the perimeter of your home re-graded so that water will flow down and away from the foundation and basement. 

Apply Basement Sealers

You can protect your basement from water damage by applying a special sealant. These sealers are made to coat the interior of your basement's floor and walls. It is an easy way to help prevent water from seeping in through the brick or concrete, and the sealers are simple to apply. Be sure to follow the instructions thoroughly and apply a good coat of sealant along every wall and in every corner. Make sure you remove any standing water before you apply the sealant, and the surface should be as dry as possible so it can adhere properly. Look for products that are specifically made for basements and that are designed to keep surfaces dry and protected. You'll apply it using a paint brush or roller, so make sure the basement is cleared out before you start the application process.

Use A Sump Pump

If you live in low-lying areas or near water, this can be a real issue for homeowners with a basement. Install a sump pump in the floor of your basement so that any excess water will be pumped immediately out of the home. When the water gets to a certain level, the pump will turn on and begin to push the water back out and away from your foundation. These pumps should always be installed in homes with basements in rainy areas, or places that are at low levels near waterways or the ocean. Try to use a pump that's made of cast iron for a longer lifespan than models made of plastic or steel. Purchase a model that uses an attached arm to turn it on rather than a ball and float model, which is more prone to malfunctioning. The arm will turn the pump on once the water reaches it, giving you peace of mind. By properly protecting your basement from moisture and water, you can be assured that your home's foundation will remain stable and level. 

If you need help, contact a company like Steven E. Jaymes Contractor Inc.


9 March 2016