Save Your Home’s Basement By Waterproofing It

It’s no surprise that basements get wet all the time. When you dig a hole in the ground, water will try to find its way to the bottom of the hole, which means that it requires a great deal of careful planning and attention to details when building a basement that is meant to stay dry. Whether you have an old basement that has deteriorated over the years and needs help, or a faulty foundation in the base of your home, it is important to quickly deal with an ongoing wet basement or a basement that had sudden water damage in a timely manner. That is why we asked the help of StayDry Waterproofing’s Lansing department, who operate out of Lansing, MI to inform us more about the ins and outs of basement waterproofing, and what you as a residential home owner can do to keep your basement water free.

Mold and mildew can quickly take over a damp basement and cause health issues for you and your family. Ignored water problems with basements can also lead to cracked walls in the foundation, wood rotting, paint issues and damaged flooring in your basement and in your home over time. These issues can be avoided if action is taken quickly, and the overall cost of the repair project can be significantly less the earlier you act.

Fill The Cracks

If there are cracks in the foundation, you or a professional will need to fill them. Concrete is the preferred material for permanently sealing out water leaks into your basement. Make sure you get a product that is designed for crack injection purposes, and will be ideal for keeping water out of your basement.

Paint

You can also repaint over the concrete in your basement and over the cement you may or may not have added over the cracks. Some paints are ideal for basements, as they won’t waterproof your basement, but they can act like an extra layer of protection from water leaks. They can also help identify the main sources of leaks, as they will also balloon out when water is present underneath the layer of paint.

Outside Issues

If your problem is less like a constant nagging leak and more like a torrential flood of water, you really have to evaluate your storm drainage systems surrounding your home on top of how you are going to waterproof your basement. If underground pipes are broken, or your roof’s drainage system is not working the way that it is supposed to, it can lead to trouble. There may be other underlying issues around your basement that really require the help of a professional to identify and resolve for you. An example would be a tree root that is causing damage to the foundation walls of your basement, or a water drainage blockage that is occurring out of sight and out of range. Basically if water has the ability to pool and gather nearby your basement, it will eventually find its way there.

There may be a few simple fixes that you can try on your own. If the downspouts from your roof are dumping water right at the side of your house, you can easily get extensions for each of the downspouts that will carry the water a bit farther away from your house. If you live in an area like Lansing Michigan, where leaves and pine needles block your roof gutters and cause water to overflow from them, then invest in some simple gutter covers and make sure they are clear of debris especially during the fall months.

Dry Well

If your house is located on the side of a hill, and simply kicking water a bit farther away from your home isn’t much of a solution, you can try funneling the water out to a dry well. Get a long plastic tube that is maybe 30 feet, dig a trench and put the tube in it to a connecting dry well. Connect your downspout extension to the pipe, and seal it shut. The water should then be able to flow out to the dry well, and the water will be absorbed into the ground over time. It is important to make sure that the dry well is not just deep enough but wide enough to take on enough water even from the rainiest of seasons.

It may not be the best fix if you are limited on space or if you have a large roof. The last thing you want is a yard disaster on top of a wet basement. If you have enough space, and have the tools necessary to make a really big hole, it maybe be a great fix.

We definitely recommend having a professional take a look at your situation and give you a quote on work. They can help you understand issues that you may not have even thought about, and go over a cost analysis of the type of work that would be necessary to get the job done right. At StayDry Waterproofing, we offer free estimates and first inspections of homes around Lansing, MI.

Best of luck with getting to a water free basement, and remember, every basement can be saved from ongoing water issues!

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