If you want to learn about the construction process and the steps that are taken to complete a project, you should read my blog. My name is Darren White and I've always been fascinated by the way that a construction crew can erect a building so fast. I work in an industrial park and there's always new buildings being built and I see the progress every day. A few months ago, I was at a neighborhood picnic and I started talking to a neighbor that lived down the street. It just so happened that he was a contractor that worked on the buildings in the industrial park. I asked him how the construction crew could build a huge building so quickly and he explained the whole process to me. That's when I had the idea to write a blog to explain the building process to others who are also interested.
Basements are prone to leaking due to their underground location, but it's important to do what you can to prevent water from seeping in. Otherwise, your walls, flooring and more could be damaged, and you could even put the structural security of your home at risk. Luckily, there are a few different things that you can do to help waterproof your basement. Try these five tips, and you can help keep your basement as safe as possible from excess water.
1. Use Gutters To Keep The Exterior Perimeter Of Your Home Dry
Although you might not think that it has a lot to do with your basement, your gutters -- or lack thereof -- can have a huge impact on the amount of water that can find itself into the bottom level of your home. Make sure that your gutters are designed to carry water as far away from the side of your home as possible; if they deposit water right by the side of your home, then there will be an increased chance of the water seeping into your basement.
2. Paint Your Basement Walls With A Waterproofing Solution
You can buy a waterproofing solution from a home improvement store and apply it yourself with paint rollers. Simply apply it to the insides of your basement walls like you would apply a coat of paint, and you should be able to prevent minor leaks and keep your basement much more dry.
3. Install Plastic Sheeting
You can also purchase plastic sheeting, which is designed to be attached to the interior walls of your basement. These sheets don't actually work well for preventing water from seeping into your basement, but they do help protect the things that you keep inside your basement. The walls can still get damaged, so this shouldn't be your only choice of waterproofing. However, it can work well as a secondary level of protection to help keep the things in your basement as dry as possible.
4. Seal Up Cracks and Holes
Walk around your basement, and run your hands over the walls very slowly. If you feel any air leaks, take the time to fill them in with caulk or sealant. This will help prevent water from seeping in through these small imperfections.
5. Hire a Waterproofing Company To Waterproof The Outside
If you have serious water leaking issues in your basement, or if you want to ensure that your basement is kept as safe as possible, then you should consider hiring a waterproofing company, like John Norris Foundation Repair LLC, to come out and waterproof your basement from the outside. This will include excavating the area around the perimeter of your home and installing a drainage system and waterproofing membrane. This isn't something that you should do yourself, but you will probably find it well worth your while to hire a waterproofing company to keep your basement and the items in it as safe as possible.
As you can see, there are a few different ways that you can waterproof your basement. Try one or more of these five tips, and you should be able to keep your basement as dry as possible, no matter what the outdoor weather conditions might be like.Share