A finished basement adds so much extra living space to a home. But keeping that space dry can be a challenge. If a basement floods it can cause damage to carpet, drywall, furniture, and
anything you have in storage there. But even smaller amounts of moisture in the air can cause mold and mildew to grow. There’s nothing worse than the feeling of a damp, dark, basement. That’s why knowing the basement drying methods that work will ensure your basement is dry and comfortable.
So what can you do as a homeowner to keep yoour basement dry?
The first step is to determine why your basement is leaking and where the water is coming from. Is it from condensation/sweating, subsurface seepage, or runoff?
Condensation: If it’s condensation you can open the windows and run fans. You can also use a dehumidifier to draw the excess moisture out of the air. You can also use a waterproof coating on the walls. If trying these doesn’t solve the issue, you are probably dealing with more than a condensation problem.
Runoff: When rainwater or melted snow pools near the foundation. This water then comes in through cracks in the foundation. See if you can locate where the water is gathering by the house. Add extra soil and create a slope that goes away from the house. If it’s by a gutter, consider adding a longer downspout that takes the water further away from the home. Patch any cracks in the basement that you find.
Seepage: This is caused when the soil expands and creates pressure against the foundation that can cause foundation damage. It can also create leaks in the basement. Window wells are another common cause of seepage.
There are many causes of basement moisture and a number of ways to repair them permanently.
Make Basement Drying a Priority: Don’t Ignore a Damp Basement
At MD Waterproofing, we have years of experience solving wet basement problems. Whether you want maintenance, repairs, or water restoration to clean up after a flooded basement, we have professional basement drying services to help. Give us a call.