Waterproofing your basement is key to having a healthy environment in your home, as well as preventing problems in the future. Learn more about the benefits of waterproofing your basement.
Understanding Basement Waterproofing
Water damage and moisture problems in your basement can cause significant damage to your home, which is why basement waterproofing is essential. Basement waterproofing involves applying several techniques, such as sealing cracks, installing drainage systems, and applying waterproof coatings to walls and floors, to make your basement water-resistant. By waterproofing your basement, you can protect your home from water damage, prevent the growth of mold and mildew, improve air quality, and increase the overall value of your property.
At Groundworks, our team of experts provides reliable and professional basement waterproofing services to keep your home dry and protected.
Signs You Have Water in Your Basement
The following signs will tell you if you need basement waterproofing. If you don’t see them already, be sure to look around for them. The sooner you catch basement problems like these, the better!
Musty Basement Smell
A musty smell in your basement is a sure sign that dampness, mold, and mildew are building up.
Wet Basement Carpet
If your basement carpet is wet, seemingly without reason, it is important that you investigate immediately.
Flooding and dampness can make the drywall in your basement wet, leading to numerous problems.
Condensation in your basement is a problem you need to tackle as early as possible. What do you need to know about basement condensation?
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Main Causes of Water in Your Basement
Clogged Footing Drains
Clogged footing drains can cause basement waterproofing problems. These drains typically channel water out of your basement, but if they become clogged, water can accumulate inside. If you notice water buildup in your basement, it may be due to clogged footing drains.
During periods of heavy rain and severe weather events, your home’s drainage system may struggle to drain excess water. To prevent basement flooding during such events, you may need to invest in better basement waterproofing.
Basement waterproofing problems can also arise due to soil settling. If the soil beneath your basement shifts, your home’s foundation may become uneven, leading to issues with waterproofing. In such cases, you may need to consider a new basement waterproofing process.
If you are experiencing pressure on your basement walls and floor, it may be due to excess water in the soil. This leads to hydrostatic pressure, which can cause basement walls to bow inward and result in water leakage. To avoid such problems, it is important to address the issue of hydrostatic pressure in your basement.
Basement Waterproofing Solutions
A sump pump is an essential tool for removing standing water from a basement. It can address persistent issues with basement water buildup or as a preventative measure to prepare for future basement problems. If you’re considering basement waterproofing, a basement sump pump should be a crucial part of the process.
Even after using a sump pump to remove standing water, you may still have lingering moisture, condensation, or patches of water that can’t be pumped out. A basement dehumidifier can help eliminate this moisture and prevent crawl space humidity. Pairing a dehumidifier with other waterproofing measures is an effective way to keep your basement dry.
If water accumulates around the edges of your basement, an interior drain may be necessary. This type of drain creates an opening around the perimeter of the basement, allowing water to flow out easily. Incorporating a specialized interior drain into your waterproofing process will help ensure that no water enters your basement.
An egress window is a requirement in most basements to provide a fire escape. However, it’s important to ensure that the egress window is also part of the waterproofing process. By incorporating the egress window into your waterproofing plan, you can maintain a dry basement while also meeting code requirements.
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