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Waterproofing Basements

Sunday, May 24th, 2009

Waterproofing basements should be a priority for all homeowners with below-ground basements. Since basements are often used for storage and bonus rooms, water leakage can mean the loss of furniture and valued possessions. Waterproofing basements prevents water from collecting and limits water damage and the formation of mold and mildew. Taking preventative steps to waterproof your basement is more cost effective than dealing with damage from mold or leakage after the fact.

Steps for waterproofing basements

The first step in waterproofing basements is preventing the common causes of leakage. Blocked or misplaced outside gutters and rainspouts can cause foundation leakage into the basement. Broken sprinklers can also cause water build up and leaking. Check all around the foundation of the house for possible sources of foundation leakage.

Gaps and cracks in the concrete walls and floor of the basement are another common cause for leakage. Repair of foundation cracks and the application of a sealer to the basement walls are important steps to be taken in waterproofing basements. This work can be done by a professional or as a do-it-yourself project by the homeowner.

Homes which are built in areas with high water tables may experience significant seepage of ground water into the basement. Waterproofing basements in this situation requires the installation of a sump pump.

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