Waterproofing Tips to Protect Your Basement Against Water Damage

Waterproofing tips to protect your basement

One of the most terrifying experiences for homeowners is a water-damaged basement.  A basement is one of the first places that can get affected due to extreme weather, floods, broken or leaking pipes. Water damage leads to mould growth and damage to the building structure. Even after the water has been removed and dried, it can cause significant health hazards and damage.

Basements are spaces in homes that can add value. Hence it’s important to have them well protected. Good basement waterproofing can eliminate mildew, prevent mould infestation, and ward off bad odour and musty smells.

You can help prevent expensive repairs and nightmares by taking a few necessary preventive steps. Here are a few waterproofing tips to protect your basement.

Regularly maintain any foundation cracks.

Water can easily find its way through the tiniest of cracks in foundation walls. This can lead to a flood in your basement. Filling the cracks with a sealant and using waterproofing paint is the most common basement waterproofing solution. It’s quick and easy to apply. Follow the manufacturer’s guidelines and make sure you cover the basement walls and floors. Against marginal amounts of water intrusion and damage, it’s a temporary measure. When large amounts of water flooding are involved, it’s best to seek help from professional water damage specialists.

Inspect and clean gutters and downspouts regularly.

Cluttered gutters and downspouts can sometimes be the main cause of water damage at your home. Instead of running off into your lawn, water from overflowing gutters and downspouts can go directly to your basement leading to severe flooding and water damage.

Gutters should be secure. Check for any blockages that may cause water to flow where it shouldn’t. Clear the blockages of leaves and branches to ensure they don’t get clogged up. Installing gutter protection helps prevent debris from clogging up the gutters.

It’s important to have downspouts properly located, facing out and at least 6 feet from the home. In this way rainwater runs away from the house, into the lawns.

Most people prefer calling in a professional as they have the right equipment and investigating gutters and downspouts can be a tricky task.

Search for the source of dampness, mould, moisture or leaks in your basement.

Basement water leaks can come from a variety of sources. If you suspect you’ve got a leak, the first thing you need to do is identify where it’s coming from.

Carefully investigate the exterior and interior of your home. Pay particular attention to the basement as it’s the foundation of your home. Water buildup over time in the aerated section between the foundation and the existing soil creates hydrostatic pressure. This water can eventually find it’s way into your basement causing severe water damage.

Install a sump pump in your basement.

Prior to further waterproofing, you will need to remove excess moisture. A properly installed sump pump will keep the basement damp-free and your home healthy while you undertake water damage remediation. For families living in an area prone to flooding, investing in a sump pump makes sense.

Check your basement regularly for any condensation, excess humidity or dampness.

Basements can get damp due to condensation and humidity. Water from cold pipes reacts to warm air creating condensation. Insulating your pipes with foam insulation can stop condensation from forming. The basement walls can also be insulated.

Using a dehumidifier allows you to reduce the level of humidity. Invest in a unit that has a humidistat, which allows you to set precise relative humidity levels. Once these levels are maintained, it will turn off. As humidity spikes, the humidifier starts to run again.

Call in the professionals for waterproofing and water damage restoration.

It’s essential to keep your home and loved ones safe. If you spot any mould in your basement, take immediate action to remediate the situation. Your best bet is to hire the services of Classique Chem-Dry, who are experts in the field of water damage restoration, mould removal and odour removal.

At Classique Chem-Dry, our highly qualified and experienced technicians work to provide solutions with lasting results. We can keep your home and basement dry, and prevent any further costly damage.

Contact us today on 0248 213 408 / 0458 213 408 or email us at classique@chemdry.com.au to schedule your free quote! We are proud to serve customers in all suburbs of Bungendore, Crookwell, Goulburn, Yass, Gunning, Marulan, Collector.

Don’t let any unfortunate events transform your basement into an indoor swimming pool!

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