Water literally surrounds a home, and can infiltrate a basement if it isn’t waterproofed appropriately. High humidity, heavy rainfall, and natural groundwater all contribute to wet basements. Read on to understand how water enters your basement in the first place before you schedule a wet basement repair:
How Water Enters a Basement
Water can be found everywhere around a home—runoff from rainfall, puddles from watering your garden, and water naturally located underground can all converge along the sides of your foundation. If your home is older and you have cracks in your basement walls, water may find an easy way inside—but even newer basements that are properly waterproofed are vulnerable to water infiltration. As water rests against your foundation in puddles or seeps through the ground, it can slowly work its way into your basement. Once it has managed to slip inside, more water is sure to follow through ever-expanding cracks and crevices.
Preventing Moisture Infiltration
Wet basement repairs generally begin outside of your home. While you will want to implement measures such as sump pumps inside the basement to drain water away, preventing water infiltration in the first place will make controlling the issue much easier. Basement sealing is a good option, but it is also important to address the sources of the problem. Using gutters along your roof will help direct water away from your foundation, while curtain drains and sloped grades promote natural drainage at a distance from your house.
Basement Technologies has the equipment, the experience, and the professional techniques necessary to provide effective wet basement repairs. You don’t ever have to deal with water infiltration again—call us today at (508) 584-4148 or visit our website to schedule an appointment.