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Waterproofing Your Basement: A Guide

Water damage – especially at your home’s foundation near the basement – can destroy an entire structure past the point that a home improvement contractor can remedy the situation. Even small amounts of water can seep into tiny cracks in everything from concrete to wood. Water can cause rot, it can weaken support structures and it can lead to hidden dangers like mold behind walls and under floors.

Waterproofing your basement is absolutely necessary to protect your home against flooding and internal water issues such as broken or leaking pipes. eieihome provides you with a list of waterproofing companies that can help you to protect your home with their various solutions.

Water heater with furnace in the basement

Make sure that appliances like water heaters are well maintained.

Prepare and Avoid

As discussed in “How to Deal with Flooded Basements,” homeowners must prepare for the worst before it happens. Ensure that water and snow are directed away from your home via working gutters and downspouts, and make sure your home’s water heater is well maintained and inspected regularly.

Waterproof Your Walls and Floor

Use a waterproofer like Drylok on walls and your floor, as long as they’re made of brick, concrete or other masonry. These type of sealants expand into cracks and provide a good degree of protection. While you’re applying sealant, look for obvious defects, holes and cracks.

Plug Defects and Shore Up Your Windows and Vents

Fill any holes or punctures you find with waterproof caulk or sealant. Ask your home renovation contractor for brands that he or she trusts. Apply the same sealant around window edges and the edges of laundry vents and any other direct routes to the outside.

Water damaged basement

Water can do irreparable damage to a pristine basement.

Some experts will tell you to install sump pumps, but this will almost always require the help of a home improvement contractor. Unless you’re predicting a catastrophe or are in a flood zone, you should be able to do basic waterproofing on your own – and you should get started as soon as possible. Water damage destroys homes from the ground up, but basic steps can go a long way to protecting you from a flood.

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