As a homeowner, you have literally hundreds of responsibilities that you need to focus on and it can be quite daunting. Making sure there are plenty of groceries in the house is essential, as well as staying on top of household maintenance and repair needs. Not to mention all the bills you have to stay on top of!
Amid all this homeowner stress, it’s important that you aren’t neglecting any part of your home, especially the basement. Keeping your basement dry might not seem like it’s a high priority, but it certainly should be. A wet basement, even with a small amount of moisture, can lead to mold problems around the house. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, 100% of all types of mold have the potential to cause some health effects, ranging from minor to severe and even fatal in rare instances.
Thankfully, basement waterproofing is a viable option for homeowners all over the country.
It’s important to note, though you can do a few things to minimize basement water damage, your best bet is to work with experienced professionals. Here are some great and helpful tips when it comes to effective basement waterproofing:
- Seal off everything — The most common entry point for water is through cracks inside the concrete of your home’s foundation. Luckily, these cracks can be easily sealed from inside your basement. Use special sealants and inject them directly into the cracks.
- Have rain gutters installed — Rain gutters will help guide roof water away from your home’s foundation, causing no water buildup or additional damage. In addition to having them installed, you need to ensure that you’re taking care of your rain gutters, as well. If your gutters aren’t properly maintained, the will fill up with dirt and debris and cause water to pour along the foundation of your home, eventually reaching the basement.
- Install a sump pump — Hopefully, your home already has a sump pump, but if not, you might want to consider having one installed. Sump pumps collect water inside your basement and will solve all kinds of flooding issues.
If you’re in need of immediate basement waterproofing or want to learn more about how to keep your crawl space dry, it’s time to talk to the professionals — contact Dry-Tek Environmental today!