Prevent Water Leaks In Your Basement

Posted on: 4 March 2015

Often, the basement in your home is the place that bears the brunt of a burst pipe or water leak. The basement, however, is also the place where many people store their prized possessions such as photo albums, as well as other important items such as holiday decorations. If you live in an area that receives a large amount of rain or if you have an older home with aging pipes, it might be wise to take steps to make leakage less likely, such as waterproofing your basement. The process will greatly reduce the risk that water will make its way into your basement, which also reduces the risk that your favorite things will sustain catastrophic damage.

Sealing Up Cracks

One method for waterproofing your basement is to seal up any cracks or other damage that exists in the concrete. Another place that water can potentially leak in is around pipes because concrete tends to shift over time, leaving small gaps between it and the pipes. Sealing up these areas involves injecting them with epoxies or urethanes that essentially fill the areas so that water isn't able to seep or leak through. Filling cracks or holes with cement is another option. Once the cracks and holes have been sealed, you might also paint the cement floors and walls with a coat of waterproof masonry cement to further waterproof your basement.

Draining the Water

Another method for keeping your basement dry is to create a system that drains water away from the interior areas of your home. Such a system drains water away from your foundation so it's less likely to seep or leak into your basement. For example, many people opt to have a sump pump installed, which essentially pumps large amounts of water away from the foundation to another spot on the property that is several feet away from the house itself. A French drain often goes along with a sump pump, and it collects any water before it's able to leak into the basement, and so the pump itself can remove it from the area around the foundation.

Fixing the Problem From the Outside

There are several small ways you can work to keep water away from the foundation of your home. For example, you can attach extenders to exterior drain pipes so the water is carried further away from your house. Keeping your gutters clean and free of debris is another way to keep large amounts of water away from your house. Regrade the soil around the perimeter of your house so it's pitched away from the foundation. This will also help divert water away from the house, which makes it less likely that it will leak into the basement. Spraying the exterior with a polymer-based waterproofing product is another option that will make seepage less likely.

For more tips or professional help waterproofing your basement, contact a company like John Norris Foundation Repair LLC.