The Do’s & Dont’s of Basement Waterproofing
Once water has gotten inside your home, it can very hard to get it back outside, especially when it’s pooling in your basement. In order to prevent a damp basement, check out the following do’s and don’ts:
DO research different ways to waterproof your basement
There are 3 main ways to waterproof your home
● Exterior waterproofing
● Interior sealants
The method that will work best for you is dependent on the cause of your water damage. Consulting with a reputable waterproofing company is also a great way to find the best solution.
DON’T let water remain stagnant in your house
To prevent mold growth after a flood, It’s essential that you clean your home within 2 days after the event occurred. Mold can be very hazardous to your health. Also, you must remember that, although you may not be able to see it or smell it, it doesn’t mean that a mold problem doesn’t exist. So, the sooner your home is dried out, the better.
DO find the location of the leak
If you’ve noticed a leak in your home, the first thing you must do is find its source. Is it coming from a damaged gutter? Is it creeping in through the ground? Is it coming from a burst pipe or a drafty window? Finding the source is essential to find the most effective solution for your problem.
DON’T use a DIY sealant to fix cracks in your foundation
Many of us like to fix things ourselves, especially when it comes to our homes. But, in terms of waterproofing, this isn’t always the best route. Those DIY fixes will only work for a short time and saving a few dollars with these tools now may actually lead to expensive foundation repairs in the long run.
DO keep your gutters clean
A gutter that is filled with debris and leaves is unable to divert water to storm drains. Instead, these blockages will cause water to pour over the sides of the gutter, which can lead to stagnant water, foundation cracks, and more.
DON’T plant trees too close to your home
Any trees planted on your property should slope away from your foundation, there’s no ands, ifs, or buts about it. If they don’t, water can enter your home accidentally. A good rule of thumb is to slope your trees approximately seven inches for every ten horizontal feet.
DO call the experts at Action Waterproofing when your Maryland/Metro DC area home needs to get rid of dampness
Our waterproofing company offers our clients a full-service home waterproofing solution that will make sure that your home stays dry during this winter season as well as in the years to come.