A wet basement can lead to a wide array of issues, including water damage to your home and belongings and it can promote the growth of mold. If you find that your basement is consistently wet, there are steps you can take to fix your wet basement.
There are many ways for water to get into your home, leading to a wet basement. Below we highlight steps you can take that will severely reduce the chances of you having a wet basement again.
1. Fix All Cracks and Holes
Water can come up through cracks and holes in your basement’s floor. Sealing any cracks and filling any small holes will block those entry points prevent water from pushing up through your basement floor. Pay close attention to the joints where the foundation walls and basement floor come together. Because the concrete floor is poured after the foundation walls, there is a higher chance of a gap forming between these two pieces of concrete. To help stop groundwater from sneaking through the cracks, use hydraulic cement or caulk.
2. Extend Your Downspouts
Downspouts that are too close to your home can lead to water entering your home and lead to a wet basement. You can add additional extensions to your downspouts to ensure the runoff water from your roof does not collect close to your home, reducing the risk of this excess water from finding its way into your basement. There are several products available at your local hardware store for this very purpose. It is a fairly simple DIY project.
3. Window Well Installation
Window wells are usually installed in the exterior of below-grade basement windows. Water naturally wants to flow to the lowest point, and in the case of a below grade window, that means right outside the window. This poses an issue as the water can seep in through the window or from around the frames. Installing a window well with drainage will ensure the water that naturally flows to this area is diverted away to prevent pooling.
4. Basement Waterproofing
Having your basement professionally waterproofed is the best way to ensure water doesn’t enter your basement. There are several stages involved in basement waterproofing including a waterproof membrane being attached to the interior or exterior of your foundation wall (depending on which method is being completed), and weeping tile installed to divert any underground water away from your home.
5. Sump Pump Installation
Another way to fix a wet basement is to install a sump pump. A contractor will locate the lowest part of your basement and dig a pit and install a pump in this location. Groundwater and water that ends up in your basement will flow to the sump pit and be pumped out and away from your home. This will ensure that any water that gets into your basement does not have the opportunity to pool and cause damage.
A wet basement can lead to multiple issues, water can destroy walls, flooring, furniture and other belongings. A damp or wet basement is also the perfect breeding ground for mould and mildew. Not taking the proper precautions to prevent water from entering your basement can lead to expensive and time-consuming repairs. Having your basement professionally waterproofed, ensuring there is proper drainage and having a failsafe like a sump-pump is the best way to fix a potential wet basement.