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7 Practical Ways to Keep Water out of Your Basement

Your home is only be as strong as its foundation. And for many in Missouri— that means the basement.

Neglect it, and your basically asking for a water leak. Moisture sets the stage for mold growth, wood rot, and other problems. To keep your basement dry and healthy, it’s important to protect it from water from the outside and inside. 

Water and moisture infiltration triggers cracks, which can weaken the foundation and render your home unsafe. If your basement is compromised by water, you could be forced to undertake costly repairs. 

There are a variety of things you can do to protect your basement from potential leaks and water damage. Here are the most effective measures. 

1. Maintain the Gutters 

The gutters on your roof play a vital role in keeping your basement dry and your house structurally sound. So, check and ensure that the gutters are functional. Clear gunk, leaves, and debris as these could stop the flow of water. With nowhere to go, water will flow over the sides and pool around your home’s perimeter. This is a recipe for a wet basement. Consider installing clog-free gutters

2. Extend the Downspouts 

Even if the gutter is intact or functional, you may still end up with a water pool if downspouts aren’t discharging water far out. Make sure the gutters extend for at least 10 feet from your home. If the downspouts are short, buy downspout extensions that can move water away from the foundation. Or, better yet— have them buried underground.

3. Slope the Ground 

Another measure you can take to stop backflow is to ensure your lawn slopes by five percent all-around your home. Re-grading the lawn will improve drainage. Water will flow out and not back up around your home’s foundation. 

4. Pay Attention to Your Landscaping 

If you have overgrown trees, cut them down. Their roots can snake their way into the soil under and around your basement and compromise its structure. Roots will suck water from foundation soil, causing it to crumble or shift. Make sure trees, shrubbery, and garden plants stand at least 20 feet away from your home’s perimeter. 

5. Install Window Well Covers 

Your basement may need window well covers. Rain water can pool around the window system and seep through the windows. It can also penetrate the foundation and lead to basement flooding. Window well covers will keep water out of the system and avert water damage. 

6. Seal Foundation Cracks 

With time, foundations may settle and crack. The gaps and crevices that form can let in water and damage the belongings in your basement. You can fix this problem by sealing the crack as soon as possible. Don’t attempt a DIY fix. Let experts handle the job as they know what works and what doesn’t when sealing foundation cracks. 

7. Install Interior Waterproofing Measures 

Your best efforts to keep your basement water-free from the outside mean nothing if you don’t address the issue of groundwater. Whether from leaks, pipes, or condensation— water will cause problems. You can protect your basement from water damage by installing an interior drainage system and a sump pump. Any water that leaks inside will be caught by the interior drainage system, and it will then be directed to a sump pump that will effectively remove it from the home before it causes any harm. Depending on the amount of water you’re experiencing, a wall vapor barrier or energy-efficient dehumidifier may also be needed.

When Do I Waterproof My Foundation? 

Basement waterproofing is a crucial aspect of maintaining the structural integrity and longevity of your home. It involves protecting the basement from water infiltration, which can lead to various issues such as moisture damage, mold growth, and even foundation instability.

One of the advantages of waterproofing is that it can be performed year-round. Unlike some other construction or renovation projects that are weather-dependent, waterproofing can be carried out regardless of the season. Whether it’s spring, summer, fall, or winter, waterproofing specialists have the expertise and equipment to tackle the task effectively.

If you’re looking for foundation waterproofing or professional advice, get in touch with the experts at Innovative Basement Authority. Our crew will provide you with a free inspection and repair quote and recommend measures that will keep water out of your foundation. 

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