How to Waterproof Your Basement
With the wet winter weather already here, many homeowners are pained with the problem of leaky or wet basements, which can result in significant problems. Water in a basement does not only cause damage to whatever items are stored there but can also cause issues with the homes foundation, which is why a moisture problem should never be overlooked. Fixing foundation issues or replacing damaged items can be expensive but waterproofing your basement can help you to avoid the headache of water damage while also helping to avoid other, more expensive repairs and replacements down the line.
Considerations You Should Make About Waterproofing Your Basement
It is important to note that not all basements have water or moisture issues, but those that do should not be ignored. Water or moisture in a basement can be caused by a variety of natural occurrences including condensation, water runoff, and ground swelling. The solution to fixing a wet basement will most often be determined by discovering what the root cause of the problem is. Make sure to take notice when your basement gives off a persistent musty or moldy smell – this smell can be a strong indicator that there are moisture problems or water leakage in the space that needs to be addressed.
Before beginning any modifications to the basement to solve the moisture problem, make sure to find the root cause of where the leakage is coming from in order to avoid unnecessary work. Before attempting to handle a water leakage, water runoff, or ground swelling problem, always consult a professional contractor or other home improvement specialist as well as checking with the local authorities about any changes to the water table or any construction restrictions on your area (you may be required to file permits for any significant work).
Condensation May be the Problem
If there is not a visible leak in the basement, condensation may be contributing to the moisture problem. Condensation happens when warm, moist air comes in contact with cool foundation walls in the basement. Condensation can be identified by wet spots on the walls or floor with no leaks discovered as the source of the water. A great way to test for condensation is to tape plastic wrap to an area of the basement that is wet. If moisture appears on the side of the saran wrap that is touching the wall there is a leak. If it appears on the outer side of the saran wrap, condensation is likely the problem.
Although condensation may not seem as damaging as a full blown leak, it can still cause significant damage to the items in the basement as well as the foundation of the home. A simple way to combat a condensation problem is to install a dehumidifier in the basement or open the basement windows on a regular basis to dry out the space. If these two solutions do not help with the moisture problem, make sure to contact a contractor right away to evaluate the area and come up with a long term solution.
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