How To Prevent Leaky/Wet Basements

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Tips to Preventing Leaks in Your Basement:

Tips to Preventing Leaks in Your Basement

Introduction:

Introduction Many basements are prone to leaks and getting wet from simple rain storms. If this is something that you are currently dealing with in your home, there are several steps that you can take to prevent leaky and wet basements with ease.

Introduction:

Introduction Not only will you need to find the source of the moisture that is building up in your underground space, but you will need to effectively eliminate the problem so that you do not have to deal with it in the future. A clean, dry basement means that you are able to use the space for more than just storage and plastic boxes.

Checking Your Gutters:

Checking Your Gutters One of the most common causes of wet basements comes from gutters and grading found around your home. You will want to check out these areas to see if this is where the moisture buildup is coming from. You will want to be sure that the water that comes from the grading and gutters is diverted away from the house and down not simply sink down below your foundation.

Checking Your Gutters:

Checking Your Gutters A gutter extension that extends outwards away from your home may be one of the easiest fixes for eliminating your current leaky basement problem. The extension should typically be a length of 4' to 5'.

Dehumidifier:

Dehumidifier In some cases, basements are just more susceptible to building up moisture because they are underground spaces. One of the easiest fixes is to invest in a dehumidified that can be used in the basement at all times. This devise eliminates that extreme amount of humidity in the basement, ensuring that you will not deal with a wet basement again.

Dehumidifier:

Dehumidifier To find out if a dehumidifier will work for you, take plastic wrap to areas of discolored foundation and see if the moisture appears on the outside of the plastic. If so, the moisture is coming from inside of the basement and you do not have any outside issues that need to be taken care of.

Cement Cracks:

Cement Cracks Another common cause of wet basements is due to cracks in your cement.

Cement Cracks:

Cement Cracks If you currently see visible cracks in the cement around your home, simply mix some hydraulic cement with water and apply by hand into the open cracks. Be sure to wear gloves during this process. You can also use a towel to remove any excess cement that you have applied so that it dries nicely within the cracks only.

Regular Leakage Checks:

Regular Leakage Checks The best way to prevent a leaky basement from going to far to the point that it may flood, you will want to perform regular leakage checks. Inspect your foundation on a annual or semi-annual basis to see if there is any discoloration.

Regular Leakage Checks:

Regular Leakage Checks This is a sign that you may be dealing with leaks. Routinely check the conditions of your grading and gutters and ensure that there are no cracks to be found around the foundation of the home. By keeping up with your home maintenance, you'll be sure to prevent future wetness within the basement.

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