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Basement Waterproofing

Keep your basement dry and improve air quality with basement waterproofing.

Basements can be a damp and humid place in the home, but don’t let that discourage you from turning yours into usable living space. There is a solution – basement waterproofing. First, test your basement for moisture – even if you don’t think you have a moisture problem.

First, test your basement for moisture – even if you don’t think you have a moisture problem.

How to Test for Moisture

Seal a piece of plastic tightly to an area on your basement floor. After a few days, check the plastic for moisture.

If you have moisture on the outside of the plastic, it means condensation is an issue. You can fix this with proper insulation and ventilation.

If you have moisture under the plastic, this is an indication that moisture is coming through your basement floor. You’ll need to address this issue to prevent future damage or mold growth in your basement.

Steps to Basement Waterproofing

Inside

  • Repair any cracks in the cement floor and apply waterproof sealer.
  • Install ceiling fans or bathroom fans to keep air circulating. Also, when possible, open windows to let in fresh air.
  • Use a dehumidifier to help remove moisture and improve air quality.

Outside

Poor drainage outside the house can lead to wet basements. Take these steps to make sure water is directed at least 5 feet away from the foundation walls.

  • Landscape the ground around the perimeter of your home to force the soil to slope away from the foundation.
  • Check your gutters and spouts to make sure no rainwater is running directly off the roof.
  • Check your drainpipes to make sure they’re not leaving water along your home’s foundation.

With basement waterproofing, you can be confident your new living space will be a comfortable place to enjoy for years to come.

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