3 Important Things to Do to Have a Dry Basement

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3 Important Things to Do to Have a Dry Basement

10 January 2018
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog

Do you have a basement that tends to flood every spring? Are you trying to get this fixed so that you don't have to deal with yet another basement flooding this year? Having a basement attached to your home can be great. Less great is having a basement that is damp and is prone to having several inches of water within. Fortunately, there are a number of things that can dry out your basement and reduce or eliminate the potential for flooding. Some of the things you can do or have done include:

1. Digging a French drain. As part of the basement waterproofing process, it can be essential to have a French drain installed around the perimeter of your basement floor. Although cutting a hole in your floor may seem counter-intuitive at first, this important step allows water that would otherwise flood your basement to be redirected and drained off with a pump that is placed in one corner. This pump, known as a sump pump, will turn itself off and on automatically, removing water that would otherwise turn into standing water on your basement floor. Once the drain is in place, you can re-cover it with flooring material so that you can utilize the entirety of your basement space.

2. Sealing the walls. Draining water from the floor will prevent the majority of flooding, but another important step to basement waterproofing may be having the basement walls sealed. Professional sealing can help prevent dampness from seeping through and dripping down the basement walls. Although the sealing may not be perfect, the majority of the water that is trying to enter your basement should attempt to enter through the floor instead of the walls. Since you already have the French drain in place, this potential flood water will be siphoned off and sent elsewhere.

3. Installing or repairing gutters. Paying for the best basement waterproofing you can afford is going to do no good if your home doesn't have a functional gutter system. Without a gutter system, all of the water that falls on your home's roof will get dumped off of the eaves almost directly on your foundation. From there, gravity and hydrostatic forces can result in most of this water getting forced into your basement, potentially temporarily overwhelming the other measures that you've taken. With a functional gutter system, this water will instead be collected and directed away from your home to a location where it is much less likely to be able to enter your basement.