Basement waterproofing is essential, even more so if you are using your basement to store things or for something else. One of most distressing things for a homeowner is putting up with a damp basement. Wet basements can be easily dealt with. But continued dampness is something that is not only frustrating, it can sap the spirit out of your basement space. Dampness can also lead to musty smells and uncomfortable humidity.
What causes dampness?
The main culprits when it comes to dampness can be divided into two. The first reason for dampness is water leaks. Water leaks around the basement, close to the ground may cause the basement floor prone to seepage and keep it wet. Another reason is high humidity in the soil. Groundwater levels may be high in the region and this may cause the soil directly beneath the basement to soak up a good amount water, through the year.
What can you do to fight the dampness in your basement walls?
First thing to do before getting into basement waterproofing is to clearly identify where the dampness is coming from. If you go in for the wrong type of waterproofing technique, you will end up wasting money.
Find out the source of the water. Is it coming from the floor? Are the neighbors having the exact same issue, or is your problem singular? If the issue is not environmental in that the water table issue is not causing it, you need to start looking elsewhere.
Are the walls wet as well? Is the wetness concentrated in one corner or is the whole place just equally wet? Did you get any plumbing changed or worked on? Are there any leaking pipes in the yard? Are your gutters clean? Make sure you know what you are looking for.
If it is concentrated to a corner, it is probably from above, look for wetness in adjacent walls, walls and floor above the damp area, is there a bathroom or a kitchen there?
Next thing to do is to stop the water leakage. If it is environmental, call in experts– basement waterproofing professionals right away. If you see a broken or burst pipe, get the plumbers to come in and fix it.
Get the entire plumbing inspected while you are at it. You might as well make sure it doesn’t happen again. Once you have stopped further dampness from happening, then call in the waterproof workers to further protect and treat the walls and floors.