Tips to keep your Interior Basement dry
One of the most overlooked parts of our houses, basements are only tended to when they start to rot due to moisture or infestation by any bacteria.
The health of the interior basement contributes to the overall health of the house and the occupants, i.e., you and your loved ones. This is why it is essential to keep the interior basement dry either by hiring Waterproofing professionals in Maryland or periodically managing it yourself.
Wondering what problems could a basement ridden with moisture could possibly lead to?
Allow us to brief you on it:
- Water damage in the interior basement can lead to the growth of mold and mildew, which can result in allergies.
- The airborne bacteria, which thrive on dark and damp areas, can cause harmful infections in humans and pets at home.
- Not known to many, dust mites also thrive in a damp environment and make a colony in your basement leading to bouts of sneezes, itchiness in the eyes, and other respiratory problems.
- Damp basement also attracts other pests such as spiders, cockroaches, mice, thereby threatening the structural integrity of the home and health of the occupant gravely.
Now that you know how dangerous a damp basement can be, let’s have a look at some of the tips that you can implement to keep your interior basement dry and free from moisture:
One of the common ways we have seen water seeping in the basement is through the foundation, which was not correctly made. How do you fix this? You need to slope the water away from your home, and for that, the grading of the landscape soil should be away from your home. What else could be leading to moisture dining along the foundation? Blockage in downspouts and gutters. This could lead to water spilling over the sides of the home, degrading the pH level of the soil, damaging the foundation.
Interior walls and floors:
If you find that the water is leaking due to cracks in the interior walls or the floors of the basement, apply a thick coat of sealant to the affected area to stop leakage. Make sure that the sealant you use is a waterproof one and fills in every tiny pore of the interior wall or the floor for effectiveness. You can also apply hydraulic cement, which will seal the gap.
If the time basement has a crawlspace adjoining it, it will be the best place for dirt and bacteria to settle in and cause a ruckus. Crawlspaces further increase the humidity, resulting in odor and hampering the air quality of the home. You can make use of plastic and brick to temporarily hold the source in place. Still, ultimately only a professional’s interior basement waterproofing service provider will be able to fix it for good.
Check along the interior water lines and insulate the pipes and ductwork to minimize humidity in the basement and the crawlspace. An uninsulated pipe will lead to condensation in the basement, making it a breeding ground for molds and bacteria.
Seal the exterior side:
This involves complex manual work, digging the grade, power washing the foundation. Seal the foundation with a thick mesh and coat to prevent any seepage and moisture from outside, which could damage the interior basement. This will lock all the moisture.
You can either invest your time, money, and energy in trying to keep the interior basement dry by yourself or let a team of trained and experienced interior basement dry waterproofing company professionals in Maryland at AA Actionwaterproofing inspect and promptly fix it, leaving you stress-free in the long run.
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