Basement Waterproofing Ideas: Tips for a Low Maintenance Basement

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September 21, 2021

Basement Waterproofing Ideas: Tips for a Low Maintenance Basement

You want to waterproof your basement and keep it that way without too much hassle?

Most (if not all) homeowners would say the same. After all, a basement is a fantastic addition to any property, whether you use yours for storage or you’ve converted it into a games room. But basements demand upkeep to prevent leaks, mold, and other moisture-related issues.

Fortunately, there are tips and tricks you can try for effective, low-maintenance waterproofing. And in this post, we’ll inspire you with 5 fantastic ideas to try in your basement.

Spotted a leak? Find the source fast

The first thing to do when you realize your basement has a leak somewhere is to trace it back to the source.

It’s easy to assume it’s only temporary and hope it won’t get any worse, especially if you only find a tiny puddle in the corner of the room. But, sadly, a small leak could grow into something far more difficult (and expensive!) to put right if you ignore it.

Grab a torch and try to follow the leak back to its starting point, if you can. It could be a broken pipe, or even one with a loose fitting that needs tightening up. Or it might be a window in need of a new frame or fresh sealant. More water could seep into your basement through an old, cracked window frame during rainy weather than you realize.

But that’s not all. Cracks along the bottom of one or more walls in your basement could be to blame, too.

The most important part of this step is that you’re thorough. A puddle or damp spot could be the result of two leaks trickling down to the same area. Make sure that you look all over to rule out multiple sources.

What do you do when you find a crack in a wall? Fill it in with hydraulic cement. This is designed to expand and set quickly, so it’s a simple way to even out cracks. Just mix the cement with water, and apply the resulting putty into the cracks carefully. You’ll create a watertight seal if you follow the instructions right — and you’ll be able to relax knowing you’ve tackled the cause of the leak!

That’s a much faster, more cost-effective option than waiting until leaks become floods and your basement starts to resemble a swimming pool.

Cover bare basement walls to fend off moisture damage and mold

Does your basement have bare walls (either cinder blocks or cement)?

Time to break out the waterproof paint, a brush, and get to work.

Why? Because basements have limited airflow. That means moisture can build up and lead to gradual mold growth.

Damp, dark spaces create ideal breeding grounds for mold. If you rarely journey down into your basement and have never waterproofed it, you may be shocked to discover that it offers the perfect conditions for mold to spread.

Waterproof paint is a fast and easy solution for protecting your basement against problems caused by moisture (such as a leak). It can help to fend off damp, which reduces the risk of mold, which leads to a safer basement overall.

But you can’t apply waterproof paint over an existing coat of standard paint. You’ll have to strip that away and make sure the walls are clean before you start laying on the fresh coat.

Invest in a high-quality dehumidifier for all seasons

Take a few minutes to check out your basement on a regular basis, if you don’t already use it frequently. Condensation can build up over time during hot and cold weather — basically, whenever the temperature in your home is significantly higher or lower than it is outside.

It’s common to find condensation on pipes supplying cold water, as well as on the floor and walls, too.

Sound familiar? If so, you need to address that — fast.

One of the simplest low-maintenance solutions is to buy a good dehumidifier to prevent air becoming too moist. It will decrease the danger of mold formation throughout the basement, preventing damage that could create a safety risk and compromise the structural integrity of your property.

Take a few minutes to check reviews written by other shoppers before you buy a dehumidifier, though. That’s essential to find a reliable machine that does what it’s built to do properly.

Another option to combat condensation and mold is to heat the basement during winter. But consider doing so in short bursts instead of leaving it on for days on end. The cost will add up, and it’s not particularly environmentally friendly.

Seal holes for facilities and appliance wiring

Your basement probably has openings to allow electrical wires to pass through for washers and dryers, as well as air conditioning and pipes.

But you may overlook how easily these holes enable moisture to pass through. And it could be tricky to remove mold from hard-to-reach areas if there’s a consistent leak or moisture build-up.

Fortunately, you can seal these up on both sides with various products, such as expanding foam or caulk.

Reach out to a professional waterproofing team

The ultimate low-maintenance basement waterproofing solution is to bring in a team of experts.

You can leave the hard work to the professionals, safe in the knowledge that they’ll do everything they need to protect your basement from floods, leaks, and mould.

Aluneed Ltd. offers competitively priced exterior waterproofing, interior waterproofing, and underpinning solutions. These services cover:

  • Fixing and sealing cracks/holes in basement foundations
  • Completing flow tests to confirm that water exits property as expected
  • Installation of new weeping tiles
  • Creating a trench along foundation walls
  • Connecting weeping tile to sump pump or existing drain

As a family-owned and operated provider of waterproofing services, we’ve worked on all types of properties in the Toronto area. Speak to our team of basement waterproofing specialists to find out what we can do for your property.

Get in touch today to make waterproofing your basement easier than ever!

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