3 Strategies You Can Use To Prevent A Wet Basement

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A wet basement can ruin walls and floors if not cleaned up quickly. The wetness also poses a health risk for you and your family as it encourages mold to grow. Water can get into your basement through many different sources, such as from your gutters and drain lines. Keep reading to learn three strategies that will keep water out of your basement.

Install a French Drain

Installing a French drain will keep water out of your basement. The contractor will dig a trench around the perimeter of your home and then fill the trench with rock or gravel. A perforated hollow pipe is laid over the rock or gravel that redirects groundwater and surface water away from your home. The water can be redirected to another part of your yard, the street, or a septic tank drain field.  

You will have a lot of soil on each side of the trench from where it is dug. You can use this soil for another part of your yard for landscaping purposes. If you do need it, you may have friends or neighbors that can use the soil for their landscaping. You can also put in an advertisement in your local newspaper.

Use Gutter Extensions

If the downspouts on your gutters are dumping water close to your foundation, this can cause foundation damage -- and water can get into your basement. To take care of this problem, you can install gutter extensions. These extensions attach to your current gutters and will direct the water away from your home. You can find these extensions in metal or plastic. The gutter extensions are easy to install so you can likely do this yourself, and you can find them at home improvement stores

Extend Drain Lines

When it is raining, go outside and stand in front of your home. Look at the water in your yard to see if it flows towards your home or away from it. If you see that the water flows towards your home, you can extend the drain lines from your sump pump to another area of your yard. Contact a plumber to do this for you. They can also install a pressure pump, which will keep the sump pump running if the power goes out and the backup batteries fail.

Check the interior walls and floor in your basement for any cracks. If you see any, patch them with epoxy or cement sealers using a putty knife. Once you have everything patched, apply one to two coats of basement sealer to the walls and floors. You can find this sealer at home improvement stores. Follow the instructions on the product so you apply it correctly. You can also contract a Basement Waterproofing Washington DC company for assistance.

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