Winter is coming, have you waterproofed your basement yet? If you haven’t, you could be putting your home at risk for water damage. The last thing you want to do is spend your winter cleaning up water damage and mold growth. Unfortunately, that’s what you could be facing if you don’t waterproof your basement before the rains arrive. If you’re not sure you need waterproofing, here’s some information
that will help you make your decision.
Why You Need Waterproofing
When it rains, water has a tendency to collect around the perimeter of your home. If you don’t have a basement, the water will seep under the foundation, but not not cause any significant damage. However, if you have a basement, the water that collects around the perimeter of your home will soak right into your home. This is particularly true if you haven’t waterproofed yet. When that happens, you’re going to be looking at flooding drywall damage, and even mold growth. All those problems can be eliminated by having your basement waterproofed before winter arrives.
Techniques to Use When Waterproofing
You might not realize this, but there are actually quite a few ways you can waterproof your basement. You can use all of them together, or just a couple of the techniques. However, it’s important to remember that the more thorough you are with your waterproofing, the safer your home will be. To ensure maximum waterproofing, you should utilize the following techniques. First, install proper drainage around the perimeter of your home. Drainage, such as a French drain, will allow water to flow away from your home, instead of into your home. Second, seal all your doors and windows with fresh waterproof caulking. Third, apply waterproof sealant to all your concrete walls and floors. Finally, install at least one sump pump in your basement to remove water that might find its way in.
Signs You’ve Already Got A Leaky Basement
If you haven’t waterproofed your basement yet, you could already have leaks. One way to identify leaks is to look for mold growth, especially on the walls. Next, look for a white, chalky substance on your walls or floors. This is called efflorescence, and it builds up on concrete surfaces whenever moisture is present. Finally, check for signs of bubbling or peeling on any painted surfaces in your basement. The bubbling and peeling are both signs that water is present between the walls and the paint.
Don’t take chances when it comes to water damage. If you haven’t waterproofed your basement yet, you need to take care of that before water has a chance to accumulate.
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