3 Helpful DIY Basement Waterproofing Tips

If you are a home improvement novice or a basement waterproofing expert, these simple basement waterproofing tips will help any homeowner to better understand their basement waterproofing issue.

Step 1:

Start outside the home to prevent water from entering the basement

Walk around outside your home's foundation looking for any low spots or settling in your lawn. Fill these low areas, grading away from the home. Plant shrubs around your home that collect significant amounts of water to help dry up the soil around your basement.

 

Install gutters and downspouts on your home. This will help in the collection of roof water, by draining it out away from your foundation. UnderGround Downspouts are an ideal solution to downspouts and help prevent a wet basement.

Step 2:

Identify the source of your basement water seepage

By knowing the source of the water in your basement, you are better able to solve your wet basement problem. Cut a 1-foot by 1-foot square of aluminum foil. Tap the square to the basement wall that collects the most water with masking tape and leave for 24 hours.

 

When you come back to look at the foil, look to see if there are beads of water on the outside of the foil. These water beads identify a condensation issue that can be helped by placing a dehumidifier in the basement, opening basement windows for ventilation, and placing a fan in the basement to create air movement. When you peel back the foil and find their is moisture under the square piece, you have water leaking into your basement from the outside.

 

A basement waterproofing system is needed to remedy your wet basement. We have a full list of different basement waterproofing options available for homeowners. If the water is only entering in through the joint between were the floor and walls meet, your basement is an ideal candidate for a do-it-yourself basement waterproofing system. If you have water coming up through the middle of your basement floor, you will need to contact a basement waterproofing contractor for help with your basement.

Step 3:

Choose the right system

Basements can seem like a dark, scary home improvement issue to many homeowners, but the key to solving your wet basement problem is knowing your basement waterproofing options.

 

Becoming a more knowledgeable consumer will not only save your money, but help to prevent any home improvement headaches in the process of waterproofing your basement.

 

Every home can have a dry basement! These basement waterproofing tips will help you create a dry basement in your home for you and your family to enjoy for years to come!

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