The Secret to Maintaining a Dry Basement

A homeowner’s basement is undeniably an asset when the conditions are right. The lower level can be used to fulfill many needs such as extra bedroom space, guest room, laundry area, home office, theater room and the ever-popular family room. Basements can be inviting and functional. However, if by some reason the basement becomes wet, you may lose up to one third of your home’s living space.

Prevention Is Key

Water in a basement ruins carpeting. Though many people attempt drying the carpet or removing it completely, the new carpet will become misshapen and damp smelling or the new flooring will become compromised. Another major problem with water in the basement is moldy drywall and water-soaked studs. Of course the furniture, electronics, and whatever else is stored in the space may get damaged along with mechanical equipment such as the furnace and hot water heater, which eventually rust. Not only does water ruin your possessions, with the influx of mold and mildew it can also present a health hazard for your family.

There are numerous reasons for a basement to flood. When the landscape grade slants toward the house it can cause water to run into basement windows and under the sill plate. This is remedied by changing the grade to slant away from the house. The most common, and by far the most serious penetration, involves water coming up through the basement floor. This happens when a high water table or hard, dense soil such as clay cause hydraulic pressure which forces the water down under the footings. It eventually rises up through the floor via wall and floor joints and cracks in the concrete floor.

Keep The Water Table Under Control

A reputable basement waterproofing contractor can solve the basement floor seepage problem with a complete perimeter system. This is accomplished by hiring a professional drain tile installation contractor to put a proper drainage system in place around the perimeter of your home. This is not an amateur task and we do not recommend attempting this your self, unless you understand correct slope for drainage, how deep to install the pipe and how to direct water flow to the sewer system

Water can invade a basement in various ways but there is hope. Find reputable drain tile installers in your area. The money you spend on repairing your wet basement quickly becomes a good investment, since you’re adding living space to your home.