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Home Waterproofing Tips For Every Home Owner

March 15, 2016

If you are like most people, if you have a damp basement you are loath to use it. The moist humid air may trigger your allergies or you just can’t stand the smell of the molds and mildew. Either way you are losing valuable space since the average basement uses almost half of your house’s square footage.

Not to mention that dampness is perfect breeding ground air borne illnesses, vermin and insects. If you have ever wondered what you can do to fix a wet basement, then read this article since it will explain in detail some things you can do to waterproof your home.

How does water get in?

The biggest question most people want to know is how does water into your basement in the first place. Don’t the contractors take precautions to make sure this doesn’t happen? During the last 50 years the building industry has come a long way in developing drainage systems that make home waterproofing better than ever.

But you have to remember not every state requires waterproofing, nor does every builder feel it is necessary based on the location of the property. And worst yet, if you live in an older home (and most people do!) any home waterproofing methods if any that were applied have long since cracked or become ineffective. So over time, if water is allowed to pool around your foundation, it will begin to seep in along joints of the wall or the floor.

The Truth about Home Waterproofing

What most home waterproofing companies don’t want you know is that a good many of the water problems you experience can be fixed by either working on your roofing system and or by properly grading the grounds surrounding your foundation.

Inspecting your roof and gutters

Get a ladder place it on solid ground near the corner of your house. Climb up and inspect your roof shingles, the gutters and down sprouts. Roof leaks and sagging gutters or clogged drains often push water into the interior structures of a house. So a hidden roof leak that starts in an upper level can easily snake down the pipes or electrical wires into lower levels such as your basement.

Inspecting the lay of the land

Another common source of water inside a basement can be the slope of the land surrounding your foundations. Both surface and ground water naturally want to run toward your house. After all your basement is really just a giant, big hole in the ground that tends to fill up with water if left alone. A poorly sloped yard can allow water to pool around the base of the house and be absorbed by the porous concrete foundations walls.

All of the above solutions can fix a good many of your wet basement and water seepage issues. Not all home waterproofing fixes are complex or terribly expensive. The price of replacement gutters and having your yard properly sloped and graded are very affordable once you compare their prices to the cost of repairing a failing foundation.

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