A leaky basement is a problem that needs to be addressed as soon as you can. The first reaction is often to try to plug up cracks as you see them, drying any puddles as you go. However, this can lead to more issues down the road.
For one thing, there may be other leaks that you cannot easily see. Ignoring them could lead to structural issues—apart from any inconveniences caused by the leaks themselves. Eventually, it will become clear that DIY plugging of holes and leaks is really futile.
So, what are some of the more dependable and permanent solutions for your leaky basement issue?
Install suitable drainage systems
If there’s a lot of water in the basement, you might want to consider installing a drain and sump pump system. This does naturally involve some outlay but having a functional pump will do wonders when it comes to solving bad basement leaks. Leading the water out and away from your basement is always your best bet. A good system will ensure that this is done, and get the water efficiently pumped right out of the basement area. The drainage flow will exit and discharge a safe distance from your home to prevent further leaks occurring.
Invest in a dehumidifier
Humidity in the basement encourages mildew and mold growth. The simplest way to take care of moisture and humidity is by using a dehumidifier. Dehumidifiers work by condensing moisture in the air into water, which is collected and can then be poured out or drained away. Apart from keeping people safe, this also helps protect the furniture and other contents of your basement.
Blocked and corroded gutters
Blocked and corroded gutters and downspouts could allow rainwater to overflow and make its way down into the building structure. From there it would be able to percolate down through the walls, eventually reaching the basement. Regular cleaning and maintenance of these items is therefore extremely important.
In addition, water flowing out of the downspouts should be drained away from the walls so as to prevent it seeping back into the building structure. For this reason, it is important to make sure that the soil surrounding the house is properly graded so that it slopes away from, and not towards the building. Keeping water away from your foundations and basement walls is a major factor in ensuring that the structure remains waterproof.
- Make sure that the bases of the downspouts are angled properly and extended several feet away from the walls.
- Inspect and clean gutters periodically to make sure they are free from leaves and debris.
- Make sure downspouts are clear and well maintained.
- Grade soil or landscaping away from the house.
- Ensure that yard water has easy access to external drains.
Ensuring that you get these things done will take care of a good chunk of your leaky basement problems. As long as water is correctly channeled away from your home, there is much less risk of seepage and flooding.
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