Water is the home’s number one enemy, and one of the easiest places for water to make its way into your home is through your basement. No one wants a wet basement. Water can cause mold, mildew, wood rot, paint damage, and other things too. But, we cannot stop mother nature from giving us the occasional flood. So, here are some ways you can waterproof your basement.
Fill The Cracks
If your basement has concrete walls, look for any cracks and holes that need to be filled. When you find them, a good thing to fill them with is hydraulic cement. Hydraulic cement sets really quickly and expands really well to keep water out. Also,be sure to check if there are any cracks where foundations meet the ground and fill those as well. Water can come find its way into your home from anywhere, so be very thorough.
Channel Your Inner Picasso
There are products that you can actually paint onto your walls that will prevent water from seeping into your basement. It is sort of like painting the inside of a pool. Waterproof masonry cement is very useful for keeping water out and all you need to do is paint it on your wall like any other paint.
Outside the Box
Sometimes, water can pour into your basement from outside due to heavy rainfalls. One way to prevent this from happening is to extend the end of your downspout so that it guides water from the top of your house further away from the foundation of your home (the basement).
If you cannot extend the spout for any reason, you are going to have to dig a trench. The trench should begin right where the downspout ends. After you dig the trench, connect PVC Pipe, 4 inches in diameter should be enough, to the downspout. The PVC can be from 10-20 feet, depending on how far you can extend the trench. At the end of the PVC pipe, attach a dry well so that the well will catch the water and disperse it underground. Dry wells are fairly easy to install and really only require digging and rocks. If needed, call a professional for help.