A basement serves many purposes. It can be used as a storage area, as a place for keeping water tanks, or as a garage among other uses. In order for a basement to serve its purpose effectively, it should be kept dry. Wet basements suggest that the basement has too much moisture due to water seeping in through the walls or flowing directly into the floor of the basement. Wetness can render the basement unusable.
But there is some good news; you can keep your basement dry and functional by asking a professional technician to do a number of things. Here are six solutions that you can get from a contractor for wet basements.
- Waterproofing the walls of the basement
As noted above, wet basements can be as a result of water seeping into the basement through its walls. Hence, there is need to waterproof the exterior section of the walls. A certified contractor can help you by applying sealants to the walls of the basement to make them waterproof.
- Channeling surface runoff away from the foundation of the basement
It is important to channel surface runoff away from the basement foundation to reduce the possibility of water from the ground seeping into the basement through the walls. A professional contractor will help you by grading the area around the basement in such a way that the land slopes away from the basement.
- Repairing basement foundation and wall cracks
Foundation and wall cracks are notorious for letting water and moisture into the basement. Increasing the amount of moisture and water in the basement not only makes the basement wet but also damages the basement’s walls and creates a conducive environment for the growth of mold. You can avoid having a wet basement by having a certified technician inspect the cracks on the basement and repair them. The technician should also seal all crevices on the walls of the basement.
- Using more gutters and extending downspouts away from the basement
Gutters placed above the basement collect all the water on the roof of the structure and channel it into downspouts. A competent technician can help you fix more gutters and extend the downspouts away from the foundation and walls of the basement. This will ensure that there is a minimal amount of water that can percolate into the ground and into the basement through the basement’s walls.
- Installing a drainage system
You should talk to a contractor to help you install a drainage system such as drainage mats on the floor of the basement. This will help drain any water that flows or leaks into the basement.
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