Whether or not you have a finished basement, it's important to keep it dry. Otherwise, you risk damaging your home's foundation and creating an environment that's ripe for mold and mildew growth.
There are many different ways that water can enter your basement: through cracks in the foundation, gaps around doors and windows, from around your floating slab, and even from excess condensation.
What can happen if you don't keep your basement dry?
Water can cause serious damage to your foundation, leading to cracks, settlement, and even collapse. Not to mention, a wet basement is a perfect environment for mold and mildew to take hold. Not only is this unsightly, but it can also lead to serious health problems for you and your family.
A wet foundation is also more susceptible to freeze/thaw damage. Water that seeps into cracks and crevices will expand when it freezes, causing the cracks to grow larger. Over time, this can result in major foundation damage.
Condensation, and how to control it?
Condensation can be a major contributor to wet basements. When humid air comes into contact with cooler surfaces, like your concrete walls and floor, it can condense. This can lead to moisture problems and, again, create an environment where mold and mildew can thrive.
There are a few ways to control condensation in your basement:
- Use a dehumidifier to remove moisture from the air.
- Use fans to circulate air and prevent stagnation.
- Increase ventilation by opening windows or installing a fan.
- Seal any cracks or gaps in the foundation or around doors and windows.
Interior solutions to a wet basement:
The best way to prevent water damage in your basement is to keep water from getting in and control it if it does get in. Here are a few things you can do:
- Fixing cracks, gaps, and heaving in your foundation.
- Check your sump pump regularly to make sure it's working properly.
- Upgrade your sump pump to a larger and more efficient unit.
- Add a backup generator or battery system to your sump pump to ensure it keeps working during storms (which are also the most likely times for your basement to flood with increased rainfall).
- Consider installing an interior drainage system.
- Make sure your floating slab is properly sealed.
Exterior solutions to a wet basement:
There are also things you can do outside your home to keep water away from your foundation, such as:
- Extend your downspouts so they discharge water at least 3-6 feet away from your foundation.
- Install a French drain or another type of drainage system around your home's perimeter to collect and channel water away from your foundation.
- Plant trees, shrubs, and other plants at least 2-3 feet away from your foundation to help absorb water and keep it away from your basement.
- Cover exposed soil around your foundation with mulch or another type of ground cover to keep water from seeping in.
How can STORM Basement Waterproofing help?
At STORM Basement Waterproofing, we offer a variety of basement waterproofing solutions to fit your needs and budget. We are experts at finding and fixing the source of your wet basement, so you can rest assured that your home is protected from future water damage and that your basement is a healthy and safe space.
If you're concerned about water in your basement, contact us today for a free estimate. We'll be happy to assess your basement and recommend the best course of action.