Are you concerned that water may leak through your basement causing you to pump out large quantities of water resulting in massive damage? With more and more rain most likely to pass through it’s easy to forget about the basement and what could happen if water did leak through.
Don’t fret, there is a way to waterproof your own basement. This will take a lot of time and effort but once it is completed it will be worth protecting your property. Here is 10 tips on how to keep your basement dry according to doityourself.com
10 Tips for a dry basement
- Make sure that any water present is flowing away from the house. Make sure no puddles are forming around the foundation, especially landscapes.
- Downspouts and gutters may be necessary to keep water away from your house. When installing make sure they are at least 5 to 6 feet away from the house itself.
- Water resistant paint is advised to avoid any water leakage.
- Using a dehumidifier will keep access moisture in the basement areas.
- Put rocks and gravel all around the basement.
- Insulate your water pipes. This will help avoid condensation around cold water pipes from building up.
- Metal window wells for the basement windows are ideal for preventing water retention.
- Do not dry any clothes in the basement as this contributes to humidity and moisture.
- All of your appliances should vent outdoors. For example washer and dryer vents should be installed but facing outdoors.
- Install exhaust fans in basement bathrooms since they can be contributors to humidity levels.
For more ideas on how to waterproof your basement yourself (DIY), go to do it yourself waterproofing for a complete list of ideas.