No one wants water in their basement. This can lead to harmful mold and mildew that can compromise the value and quality of your home. This damage can best be prevented by taking measures to keep water out of your basement in the first place. The following tips will help you to do just that.
#1 Install a Sump Pump
The first thing you need to do is install a sump pump in your basement. A sump pump will immediately pump out any excess water that might find its way into your basement. This is a great way to protect your basement from flooding. If you live near, or on, a flood plain, a sump pump is a must to keep your basement dry, especially when torrential downfalls occur.
#2 Install Exterior French Drains
Second, make sure that your foundation includes French drains. Exterior French drains can help keep water from getting into your basement in the first place. You can set up your exterior French drains so that they work in conjunction with your sump pump and together they can keep your basement dry.
#3 Check Plumbing
Check any plumbing that runs through the walls or ceiling of your basement to make sure that all the joints are properly sealed. Check and make sure that there is no water pooling in your basement near a pipe. If there is, there is probably a leak in that pipe that needs to be fixed. Protect your basement pipes with insulation. Insulation will not only keep your pipes warmer, but it will provide them with an extra level of protection as well. This can keep condensation and water out of your basement.
#4 Patch the Walls
Check the walls in your basement. If you see any cracks or holes, you are going to want to patch them up using some quick-mix cement. Once the cement is dry, put a concrete sealer on top of it. Even if you don't find cracks, you should put concrete sealer on all of your basement walls as a great preventative to water seeping from the outside into your basement. A waterproof coating will reduce dampness and condensation within your basement; the lack of a coating can lead to mold and mildew issues.
#5 Clean Your Drains
If you have floor drains in your basement, be sure to keep them clean. Unclog your basements drains and keep them clear at all times so that if water does get into your basement, it can find its way out easily.
The five steps above will help you keep your basement dry. If you find that you need help from a professional, contact a waterproofing contractor to help you make your basement watertight.