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5 Ways to Keep Water Out of Your Basement

A wet basement is a homeowner’s nightmare. From structural damage to the potential growth of mold and mildew, the consequences of water intrusion can be costly.  

Keeping water out of your basement not only protects your home but also maintains its value, ensuring a healthy living environment.  

Here are five essential strategies to keep your basement dry and your home in top condition. 

Ways to Keep Your Basement Dry

Wet back yard of home.

1. Improve Exterior Drainage

Proper exterior drainage is essential in preventing water from pooling around your foundation and seeping into your basement.

Clean your gutters and downspouts to ensure they’re free of debris and functioning correctly.

It’s also important to check the grade of your yard; it should slope away from your house, guiding water away rather than allowing it to collect near your foundation.

Consider installing an exterior French drain system if your water is excessive.

Cracked exterior bricks.

2. Repair Foundation Cracks

Cracks in your foundation can be a direct pathway for water to enter your basement.

While some small cracks can be fixed with DIY solutions, larger or more severe cracks require professional attention.

Repairs like Carbon fiber straps, the IntelliBrace™ Wall Repair Systems, or Basement Wall Anchors offer robust solutions for stabilizing and sealing your foundation against water intrusion.

Interior drain being installed inside a basement.

3. Install Basement Waterproofing

A surprising number of basements lack adequate waterproofing, leaving them vulnerable to moisture.

By installing a basement waterproofing system—including an interior perimeter drain, sump pump, wall vapor barrier, and dehumidifier—you can effectively manage water in your basement. This approach ensures any water that does enter is quickly collected, redirected, and expelled from your home.

Leaking plumbing inside a home.

4. Stop Leaks from Plumbing & Hot Water Heaters

Internal sources of water, such as leaking pipes or a faulty water heater, can also contribute to basement moisture problems.

Regularly inspect your plumbing and appliances for signs of wear and potential leaks. Upgrading washing machine hoses, installing alarm systems for sump pumps, and monitoring your water heater for signs of failure can prevent unexpected floods and water damage.

Moldy, wet basement corner.

5. Stop Condensation

Condensation can be just as problematic as leaks, especially in basements with high humidity levels.

Using a dehumidifier to regulate moisture levels will not only prevent condensation but also discourage the growth of mold and mildew, contributing to a healthier and more comfortable basement environment.

Understanding Insurance Coverage

Man in shock over reading a bill.

When it comes to water damage in your basement, insurance coverage can be a complex issue.

Many standard homeowner’s insurance policies do not cover flood damage, which includes groundwater seepage.

However, they might cover sudden and accidental water damage from plumbing mishaps. It’s important to review your policy closely and consider additional flood insurance if you’re in a high-risk area. Being well-informed about your coverage can save you from unexpected expenses in the event of water damage.


First, remove the water as quickly as possible using a wet-dry vacuum or pump. Then, dry out the area thoroughly with fans and dehumidifiers. Finally, clean and disinfect all affected surfaces to prevent mold growth.

Long-term effects include structural damage to your home, decreased property value, and health issues from mold and mildew exposure.

A sump pump is a device installed in the lowest part of your basement, designed to pump out water that accumulates in a sump basin, preventing water from rising and flooding the space.

Choose Innovative Basement Authority

Keeping your basement dry is not just about immediate fixes but ensuring long-term protection and peace of mind.

This is where Innovative Basement Authority shines. With nearly 20 years of experience in basement waterproofing and moisture control, we understand the challenges and solutions better than anyone else.

Our expertise in state-of-the-art waterproofing techniques and personalized solutions make us the premier choice for homeowners.

Trust us to keep your basement dry, ensuring your investment is protected for years to come. Schedule a free inspection today.

Leah Leitow

Leah Leitow

Content Writer

Leah is a Content Writer for Groundworks with nearly ten years of experience working in the foundation repair industry. Her experience ranges from working with homeowners to find the right solution to training inspectors and staff. In her background as a Michigan journalist, she gained invaluable insight into people's lives throughout our state. Leah lives in metro Detroit with her husband and two sons.

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