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Thursday, April 23, 2015
DIY Basement Waterproofing Tips
Unplanned indoor pools are a headache to deal with. Many people struggle and panic while calculating the expenses or the man-hours they have to put in to prevent it from happening again. In order to avoid the inconvenience of housing an indoor swamp in your basement, there are simple basement waterproofing steps you can follow.
Step 1: Work from Outside-In
Check the surrounding area of house’s foundation. If you see any low spots or settling, fill these up with soil. Plant shrubs or bushes that absorb water efficiently around the area; these will help with keeping the soil near your basement dry. Install gutter extensions or proper downspouts if needed. This will collect water or redirect the water away from your home.
Step 2: Locate Seepage Sources inside the Basement
Detecting the water’s point of entry is important in basement waterproofing, as finding the source of the problem means that you can remedy the situation before it gets out of control. The tricky part is determining if the seepage can be remedied in a DIY fashion or if your need the assistance of a waterproofing contractor. In circumstances where water only enters from joints between where the floors and walls meet, this can be a quick fix you can do yourself. But when the water enters from the middle of the basement floor, it would be best to call in a professional.
Step 3: Basement Waterproofing System
A dry basement seems like an expensive venture, but the trick is all in the research. If you’ve already done the simple DIY basement waterproofing steps, but you’re still concerned about water entering your home, a call to a professional will be worth it. Don’t wait until your basement become flooded and the damages become too expensive to handle, act quickly and never worry about housing a swamp in your basement for years to come!