How Can You Prepare Your Basement for Wet Weather?

July 30, 2022

Have you ever gone down to your basement to find an old sports trophy or photo album only to find yourself walking through water?

Are you tired of the smell of dampness that hits you each time you venture down into your basement?

Both of the above scenarios (and similar ones) can be incredibly frustrating — and even dangerous. Floods, damp, or even mild moisture buildup can contribute to mould formation and structural damage. If any members of your household have asthma, for example, inhaling mould spores could trigger an asthma attack.

And there’s the expense to consider: repairing a flooded basement can cost more than $40,000 on average.

Investing in effective basement waterproofing is vital to protect your home. But how does that work? And what else can you do to keep your basement dry?

Read on to find out.

Trust Waterproofing Services to Keep Your Basement Dry

If you’re concerned about rainwater seeping into your basement during storms or you have experienced weather-related flooding in the past, comprehensive waterproofing can bring you real peace of mind.

But waterproofing is time-consuming and demands a significant level of expertise. That’s why it’s best to leave it to a dedicated team of waterproofing specialists instead.

Working with an experienced team is simpler, more convenient, and safer than trying to handle it yourself. A professional waterproofing company will employ various techniques to protect your basement all year round.

They have access to the latest tools and materials designed to keep basements dry in even the wettest of weather. Basement waterproofing may be done inside and outside your home, depending on your goals, existing setup, and budget.

What Does Interior Waterproofing Involve?

Interior waterproofing is designed to both prevent any water from entering your basement and ensure that it’s deposited well away from the house to avoid further potential problems.

The interior waterproofing process involves installing a drainage membrane and weeping tile system. The latter is a porous pipe that will be connected to a drain already present or an existing sump pump.

The weeping tile flushes underground water away from the property to prevent it from accumulating, which can lead to moisture-related damage. Gravel will be placed over the top of the weeping tile, and the concrete slabs in the basement will be re-installed to restore the previous aesthetic.

What Does Exterior Waterproofing Involve?

Exterior waterproofing is a more complex process. The service will begin with a phone call to the city to complete locates on the utilities. This is a crucial step, and work can only begin when this has been checked off the list.

Next, excavation will be performed either by machine or hand — right the way down to the foundation’s base. All debris from the foundation will be scraped and cleaned.

The waterproofing team will fix and seal any cracks or holes that may be visible in the foundation. Water can seep in through even the tiniest openings, but thorough attention to detail will restrict access.

A bituthene primer (Blueskin WP 200) and delta membrane will be applied onto the foundation. A flow test will then be performed on the weeping tile to ensure that water is effectively removed from the property. New weeping tiles will be installed next to footings, and gravel will be added to allow for drainage.

The exterior waterproofing process will be completed by placing dirt back on, and compacted.

What Else Can You Do to Maintain a Dry Basement?

Interior and exterior waterproofing have the power to keep your basement dry all year round, but there are other steps you can take to maximize its safety.

Invest in a Dehumidifier

A dehumidifier is a great piece of equipment for preventing moisture buildup and keeping humidity levels low — a common problem in basements. If you find surfaces in your basement feel wet, wood or upholstery appears damp, or wood starts to rot, a dehumidifier could make a positive impact.

Dehumidifiers can also be an effective tool for fending off moisture-related issues elsewhere in the home. For example, if you find mould forming in your bathroom or kitchen, both of which are usually exposed to lots of moisture, installing a dehumidifier could help.

Remove Wet Goods and Leave Them to Dry

If anything you store in your basement becomes damp due to high humidity, a leak, or a flood, remove them immediately.

Leaving them in place will contribute to moisture problems and make it more difficult to dry the basement out. You’ll give any mould a damper environment in which to thrive, too, and it could potentially start spreading its spores to other parts of the home.

Take any damp or wet items and air them out thoroughly. For example, you may leave them outside in dry weather for a while and ensure it’s safe to put them back in the basement (if necessary). Otherwise, you’ll only make them wet again!

Examine Your Air Vents Frequently

Cracked or loose vents can give moisture a way into your basement or make it easier for water to accumulate over weeks and months. The contrast between internal and external temperatures can cause condensation, too.

Take the time to regularly check your vents for signs of wear and tear. Clean them out when necessary, and ensure that any issues are addressed properly.

How to Start Waterproofing Your Home

Now that we’ve explored the benefits and logistics of waterproofing your basement take the next step: contact a professional waterproofing team you can depend on.

Aluneed is a family-owned and -operated business with more than 25 years experience in repairing foundations. We have helped many homeowners and businesses protect their properties against water damage during that time. Our team can undertake complex interior and exterior waterproofing projects for properties of all sizes.

We’ll send estimators equipped with thermal cameras and moisture readers to identify the root of your problem — so we can provide a permanent solution.

If you want to find out more about how we can waterproof your basement, get in touch today!

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