Tips For a Wet Basement

Posted on September 8th, 2017

Wet basements are one of the most common types of water damage cases Restoration Companies incounter. Many basements have a pattern of dampness. This could be from a variety of causes, but usually there are solutions. Implementing these are important since otherwise homeowners may have a wet or damp basement every time that it rains. This can cause mold to grow which can then be a significant problem for the health of your family.

 

  • Insulation

Probably the most common type of water damage in basements in caused by humidity. Since generally a basement is much cooler than the rest of the house since it is below ground. The best solution to fixing a damp and humid basement is to insulate. Insulating the walls after they have been sealed and insulating pipes so that they don’t drip is effective in removing dampness. But having a dehumidifier is important and will give large results.

 

  • Landscaping

This is something that not everyone thinks of when they have a basement water problem. Walk around your home and check the landscape, see if the land slopes towards the base of your home. If it does then this can be the cause of water in your basement. Removing bushes and other shrubs that are close to the foundation can help with this.

 

  • Sump Pump

This is an extremely common solution in many areas. If you live in an area close to sea level or just very wet, then water can come up through the floor. The sump pump will prevent this and will keep your basement dry.

 

  • Lawn irrigation

If you irrigate your lawn regularly or have someone do it for you, check to make sure that you look for additional dampness in your home. If you do notice that your basement is damper than usual try irrigating less around your house.

 

  • Cracks

One way that water can get into your basement is from cracks in the walls. If you notice cracks in the walls of the basement, plugging them with epoxy can plug these so water won’t make its way through and into your basement. If the cracks are large than this could be a sign of bigger issue and you should contact a foundation expert.

 

 

Water damage and dampness in the basement can cause a large amount of damage and discomfort. It can prevent you from enjoying your basement. If you are experiencing dampness in your basement contact us or a water damage Restoration Company in your area.