There’s nothing worse than a leaky basement. Water can cause serious damage to your foundation, leading to expensive repairs. And the musty smell is just unpleasant. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to waterproof your basement and prevent future flooding.
1. Check your gutters and downspouts. Make sure they’re clear of debris and directing water away from your home.
To check your gutters, you can climb up a ladder and look inside to see if they are clogged with leaves or other debris. If you see any clogs, you can remove them with a garden hose or a clog-removal tool.
To check your downspouts, you can place a garden hose at the end of the downspout and turn it on to see if the water is flowing freely. If the water is not flowing freely, you may need to clear the downspout of debris.
2. Inspect your foundation for cracks or gaps. These need to be repaired to prevent water from seeping in.
You can do this by performing a visual inspection of your foundation. If you find any cracks or gaps, you will need to repair them. You can use a concrete patching compound to do this. Simply mix the compound according to the instructions and apply it to the crack or gap. Let it dry completely before painting over it. Wet basement repair companies can also help with an inspection.
3. Apply a waterproofing sealant to your foundation walls. This will create a barrier against water infiltration.
To do this, choose a waterproofing sealant that is compatible with the material of your foundation walls. Determine the amount of sealant you will need. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for application. Apply the sealant to the foundation walls using a brush or roller. You can also call waterproofing contractors to come and help with this.
4. Install a sump pump to remove any water that does enter your basement.
The first step is to find the perfect spot for your sump pump. The pump should be situated where water will collect, such as at the base of your foundation. You will also need to ensure an electrical outlet is nearby so you can easily plug in the pump.
Once you have found the right spot, dig a hole large enough for the pump and the accompanying pipe. The hole should be about 12 inches wide and 18 inches deep. Place the pump in the hole and cover it with gravel, making sure to pack it down tightly.
Next, connect the PVC pipe to the pump and run it up to where the water is entering your basement. Make sure there are no kinks in the pipe and that it is securely fastened to the wall.
Finally, plug in the pump and test it out.
5. Regularly check for signs of water damage, such as dampness, peeling paint, or mildew.
You can also seek out basement waterproofing Toronto companies to help check for signs.
Dampness: Wipe down the surface with a dry cloth, then check again for dampness. If the surface is still damp, continue to wipe it down every few hours until the surface is completely dry.
Peeling Paint: Remove the peeling paint using a putty knife or a scraper. If there is any adhesive left on the surface, use a solvent (such as acetone or turpentine) to remove it.
Mildew: Clean the mildew using a mixture of water and bleach.
Taking these precautions and learning how to waterproof your basement allows you to keep your basement dry and prevent costly repairs down the road.