Do you smell a musty odor or notice condensation, mildew, or mold in your basement? These are all signs of water issues. Water in the basement for most homeowners is never a pleasant experience. So, be willing to take the time, make it a do it yourself project and try waterproofing your basement. You want to do this before the situation gets out of hand. You will be glad that you did.
Here are a few steps that you can take to handle this issue:
- Notice patches of holes or cracks in your basement, get these sealed and fixed as soon as possible. This will prevent the problem from getting worse.
- Look for any damaged plumbing pipes and repair them as soon as possible. Take note of any other obvious features in the basement that could contribute to water.
- Head to your local home-improvement or hardware store and ask them about the latest waterproof coatings. You can use them to stop any damage that might occur from water in your basement.
- On the exterior of your home, look for any cracks in the driveway or other concrete areas around your home. If there’s any water sloping towards the house. Quickly fix and redirect the slope away from the home.
- If you don’t have a sump pump it might be a good idea to install one in your basement. This will make sure that any standing water is carried to the outside of the basement.
There are many types of waterproofing remedies for the basement. Figure out which one works best for you in your basement. Whatever you decide, be sure to provide a long or short-term solution to prevent water damage in your basement. Do so quickly before small problems lead to even bigger ones.