A home is one-of-a-kind, which means it requires unique maintenance and upkeep. Solving problems around the house requires specialized, tailored solutions. Basements are particularly prone to water intrusion, as their location below ground can make them targets for pooling water. When determining the best basement waterproofing system, it’s important to understand that there isn’t an all-encompassing remedy, and it’s crucial to consider methods specific to the situation. Understanding why leaks occur is the first step in deciding how to best address the problem.
What Causes Water in the Basement?
Water seeping into the basement can be the result of a combination of issues. Poorly installed or maintained gutters and downspouts can trap stagnant water instead of draining it away. Cracks in the foundation or basement walls and windows can provide an opening for groundwater to seep inside. Another common cause of basement water intrusion is improper soil slope. The slope of the ground that the foundation of the house rests on should direct water away from the home; if the slope is irregular, water may not flow correctly and cause pressure on the foundation as water pools, which could lead to cracks and leaks in the future.
Interior Basement Waterproofing
Waterproofing the basement from the inside involves minimally invasive procedures after a water control issue is identified, but it typically doesn’t alleviate the cause of the leak. Sealants and waterproof coatings provide blockage that prevents fluid entry from the basement walls or foundation without a labor-intensive process. Determining the best interior waterproofing solution relies on selecting the best products. Applying a polymer-based sealant to every wall will keep the basement air- and water-tight, in addition to fixing noticeable cracks.
Exterior Basement Waterproofing
Exterior waterproofing solutions fix the cause of the water seepage. For example, if the cause of water intrusion is poor soil slope, interior methods will only go so far and may require regular maintenance. In this case, soil excavation is necessary so that the water drains properly. Water damage to exterior basement walls can be remedied with wall stabilization systems, which provide added strength to a water control system. Exterior waterproofing methods protect homes from the rush of melted snow that overwhelms Illinois when spring rolls around. Whether water has already invaded your basement or if you’d like to take preventative measures, Basement De-Watering Systems, Inc. has a solution for you. Since 1978, we have helped homeowners in West and Central Illinois by delivering professional and efficient basement waterproofing services. If you need help getting or keeping water out of your basement, call us at (309) 647-2223.
April showers bring May flowers, but they can also bring wet basements. By adding a few simple chores to spring cleaning checklists, homeowners can prevent the hassle that accompanies leaks.
Test Sump Pumps
For those who have sump pumps, it’s especially crucial to prepare, as homes that require them may experience flooding issues surrounding the drain field during a heavy downpour. This may cause the water to flow back into the plumbing system, overflowing toilets and drains. The easiest way to test a sump pump before major spring rain is to empty a large bucket of water into it to simulate the effect of a storm and make sure it responds accordingly. If it doesn’t kick on, professional services should be called right away.
Examine the Foundation
Once the snow has melted and warmer temperatures move in, homeowners should take a close look at the foundation of their home to check for cracks and crevices that could allow water to seep into the basement. While these issues should be addressed permanently as soon as possible, an application of caulk or cement can stabilize it for short-term basement waterproofing.
Clean Gutters and Downspouts
When leaves, dirt, and other debris accumulate in gutters, water is unable to flow through them as it should. In heavy rain, the water will then overflow onto surfaces near the home instead of entering downspouts and being directed away from the foundation. Pooling or excess water can then enter vulnerable areas of the home, causing basement flooding. Routine cleaning is the easiest method of prevention.
Clear Debris From Window Wells
Window wells collect debris just as gutters do, but their drainage system is different. Removing leaves, sticks, and other materials should be sufficient, but if homeowners find that the wells are accumulating water, they can install a drainage pipe or clear plastic domes over the wells to resolve the issue.
Now that spring sunshine has finally made its way to the Bloomington-Normal, IL area after a long, cold winter, prioritizing basement waterproofing can help homeowners in Central and West Central Illinois avoid the extra work and spend more time enjoying the weather. Contact Basement De-Watering Systems, Inc. today at (309) 647-2223 to schedule a basement or crawlspace assessment.
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