Waterproofing Basement

Waterproofing Your Basement

How Does Water Get Into a Basement?

So, there’s a prevalent myth among homeowners that wet basements are wet because they’ve been built near or below the water table. This literally makes no sense because that would have meant that the basement would have originally been poured underwater or into a muck-filled hole. That’s just not how basements are built. They’re formed and poured onto a dry surface that allows the material to dry and harden quickly. It’s not rocket science, but it is chemistry. There are actually three common ways that water tends to enter a basement, any or all of which merit investigation. Those causes are:
  • – Leaky basement windows
  • – Appliances or plumbing that’s leaking
  • – Poor drainage around the house
Each of these causes is curable, depending on how much work you’re willing to put into the effort. There isn’t room in this blog to give an exhaustive tutorial, but we’ll give you enough info to get started so you’ll know enough to gather the materials and assistance you need.

Curing Wet Basement Syndrome

Because most basement wetness comes from one of the three sources listed above, it’s going to take some detective work to find it. This can be an absolutely aggravating process, especially if it’s only wet during certain times of the year or after particular types of weather. The good news is that a lot of the fixes that work for basement wetness are useful maintenance for your house as a whole anyway. If you go ahead and do these things and they don’t cure your basement, they were probably good for some other problem you didn’t realize you had. Article by HomeKeepr