BIG PROJECT REPAIR TIPS
If you are attempting to provide your own waterproofing solutions, here are some important repair tips to keep in mind before you start your big project.
1. Channel Water Away from Your Home
One of the biggest causes of water in your home is actually coming from your roof. If your gutters and downspouts aren’t effectively channeling water away from your home, then you will inevitably end up with water in your basement.
In order to keep the roof water away from your foundation, you need to have a proper slope in your gutters. You also need to make sure that you keep your gutters free from debris. Clean and efficient gutters can prevent many basement flooding problems.
2. Basement Finishing
3. Lowering Your Soil
Basement leakage is sometimes caused by having dirt above your home’s foundation wall or slab. This can cause water damage, mold, and a host of other problems. In order to fix this, you can simply do some re-landscaping.
By lowering your soil level below the foundation walls or slab, you can help keep this water out of your basement. Adding drainage rocks around your home can also be a big help
4. Too Much Humidity
If the humidity level of your home is too high, you might end up with leaks and drips that can end up causing water damage. Even worse, you might end up with damaged pipes. In order to remedy this, you need to reduce the humidity and pressure in your home.
This can be done by applying more insulation to the walls. It might also help to add new windows and vents to the basement. When fresh air is allowed into the home, you can prevent the humidity and temperature changes that cause the drips and leaks.
5. Funnel Water to a Pit
Water in your soil is constantly pressing against your foundation. Since concrete is very porous material, it is inevitable that this water will eventually enter the home. Therefore, you need to reduce the amount of water that is resting against your foundation.
By installing a proper drainage system, you can funnel this water into a pit that will be pumped out of the area. This will prevent the water from constantly sitting against your foundation.
6. Sealing Your Windows
Basement windows are notorious for letting water into the home. Since windows usually attract more water, particularly in heavy rain storms, it is important to protect your windows so that you can keep this water outside of your home.
Your basement windows need to be sealed properly to prevent this water from entering. It’s also a good idea to protect your windows with metal or masonry window wells. This will give you an added layer of protection against the rain water.