How to Manage and Prevent Basement Leaks

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A basement leak doesn’t imply that a home doesn’t have a solid foundation. Sometimes forces of nature or other uncontrollable factors can be so great that your foundation can still be damaged, causing dampness and moisture in the basement. However, this doesn’t mean you can’t manage and prevent this issue from occurring in the future. 

Here are three tips to help you manage and prevent your basement from leaking.

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Waterproof Your Basement

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Improper basement waterproofing can lead to several problems like flooding and leaks. When these happen, waterproofing the area should be a priority to ensure these incidents have fewer chances of occurring again. 

Contain the problem through the right waterproofing method. However, different properties may need different waterproofing solutions. Nonetheless, here are a few extra tips to help you waterproof your basement.

Dig Around the Area

Dig the outer perimeter of the basement where you can find the base of your house’s foundation. Use the right sealants and apply the solutions on the walls to waterproof the basement correctly. 

Check the Walls for Cracks

After excavating the location, clean the walls in the basement’s exteriors. Then, check for any cracks that might cause water to seep into the room. Apply a coat of hydraulic cement for any cracks that you see to help manage and prevent leakage. 

Apply a Membrane

An asphalt-modified polyurethane material or membrane can seal your house’s foundation to keep water from seeping into your basement. Consider using elastomeric membranes as these substances are flexible to accommodate regions where new cracks appear. 

Combine different waterproofing techniques to manage and prevent moisture buildup in basements. But, be wary of the risks involved when handling equipment that is required for this. For instance, excavating the foundation might require expert knowledge in using heavy equipment. Contact professional help if you don’t know how to use these machines to avoid accidents at the job site. 

Clean Gutters and Downspouts Regularly

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Many homeowners make the mistake of only thinking about fixing basement leaks instead of preventing these incidents from happening. Take note that prevention is better than cure. On that note, it’s essential to clean your gutters and downspout to prevent water from seeping into your basement. 

Keeping your gutters free of debris will help rainwater flow freely. Furthermore, position your home’s downspouts away from the foundation to direct rainwater away from your basement. As a rule of thumb, downspouts should flow water at least three feet away from your property’s foundation. Use downspout extensions if necessary to help achieve this minimum distance. 

Install a Drainage System

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A permanent fix for chronic basement leaks is by installing a drainage system below your basement’s floor. You can use DIY techniques to achieve this objective. 

First, you need the right tools for the job, such as:

  • Bucket
  • Extension cord
  • Hacksaw
  • Hammer drill
  • Spade
  • Safety gear

After acquiring all the necessary tools for this particular basement remodeling project, you can now begin installing the drainage system. Before starting, it would be best if you control the dust in the area by setting a fan and exhaust system in the area. 

Next, destroy the floor. Yes, it means that this permanent basement leak solution will be expensive. But, this will allow you to save money on fixing basement floods and leaks in the future. Now, after removing the flooring, dig a trench along the wall. This trench will be the area where your drainage system will sit. 

Then, install the drainage system in an unfinished area of the basement. Look for “knockout” areas to make cutting holes into the ground easier than intended. After you have a hole with a suitable size, it’s time to set the basin in place. 

Lay the basin in the hole carefully. Otherwise, you might damage the device, which can create costly errors. Install the pipe with the holes facing down to let any small debris flow down the path without causing hindrances. 

Once you’re sure that everything in the installation of the drainage system is working, it’s time to cover everything again. Hook the sump pump, which is the machine that removes the accumulated water to the basin, and you can now pat yourself in the back after completing this basement renovation project. 

Basement leaks can happen because of a rise in groundwater or infiltration of soil water. Condensation in the area might also cause unnecessary amounts of moisture in your basement. If these incidents happen, you need to manage these issues and prevent them from happening again. You can waterproof your basement or install a drainage system in the area. But, proper implementation of these solutions is vital to reduce the risks of basement leaks happening again.