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Four Tips To Help You Say Goodbye, For Good, To Basement Water Problems

by Neil Craig

If you have a home with a basement, dealing with water problems can be a major expense. This can happen due to something as simple as condensation forming on basement walls. This moisture can lead to other problems like mold. There are also problems like waterproofing failing and cracking foundation walls. Here are some tips that will help you put an end to all of these problems in your basement:

1. Stopping Cracks With Improvements To Exterior Drainage

As water filters through the ground around your home, static pressure builds up. This pressure pushes against foundation walls and can eventually cause cracking. To prevent this, improve the drainage around your home, so that ground water filters away from the foundation. This can be done by directing runoff to a dry well and using gravel drainage systems away from the foundation of your home.

2. Dealing With Moisture Using Interior Drainage

Moisture is another problem that you have to deal with in a basement, and it does not have to come from leaks and cracks. It can be caused by condensation forming on walls. This is why it is a good idea to have an interior foundation drainage system installed. The drainage system will deal with any water that gets inside your home and pump it out.

3. Keeping Dry By Using Waterproof Finishing Materials In The Basement

Even with all the right systems in place, there can still be moisture in your basement. This is why you probably want to choose more waterproof materials to finish your basement. Consider using materials like brick, tile and vinyl wall coverings. For cabinetry, use designs that do not sit directly on the floor or that are raised to avoid contact with in moisture in your basement.

4. Upgrading Foundation Waterproofing To Ensure Water Does Not Get In

Many older homes have outdated waterproofing systems on the exterior walls. If you want to keep water out of your basement, consider updating the waterproofing system. This can be done on the exterior of the wall, which can be costly due to excavation. You can also have waterproofing installed on the interior walls, saving money on the cost of excavation.

These are some tips to help you put a stop to all your basement water problems. If you are ready to improve your basement and keep your home dry, contact a waterproofing contractor and talk with them about some of these improvements for your home.  

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