Depending on where you live, the winter and spring months can be very wet. Cold temperatures and a lot of moisture can wreak havoc on your concrete. If you have ever noticed that your basement has moisture getting in, or if you have noticed that it smells like mildew or musty, you could have a basement that isn't waterproof. Waterproofing your basement may not be as expensive as you think, and it will help preserve the strength of your foundation for many years to come. A contractor can waterproof your basement in three important ways.
Seal the Concrete of Your Home's Foundation
One of the easiest ways to get rid of moisture that's leaking into your basement is to have your foundation and basement sealed by a contractor. Concrete sealant is incredibly durable. It will seal off any porous areas in the concrete, as well as some small cracks that may be the entry point for water seeping into your basement. Some people have this done and don't have an issue again for years. If you are in a climate where the weather isn't harsh, a sealant can last for a few years and beyond. In harsher weather conditions, it's recommended to get your basement and foundation sealed once or twice per year.
Repair Foundation Issues While They Are Small
Not all wet basements can be fixed with sealant. If your basement is sealed and you still have water getting in, it may be the result of foundation issues. Large cracks and settling could result in leaks that cause a lot of water to come into your house. A foundation contractor can help you locate and repair small cracks around your foundation. If it's determined that serious shifting or settlement is occurring, the only way to waterproof your basement may be to have your foundation buoyed up by piers that are placed below or some other solution that will stop the settling. In most cases, addressing minor cracks in the foundation will help waterproof the basement, and it's relatively inexpensive to have done.
Find the Source of Water Leakage Issues
There are times when people get wet basements but it may not be obvious why water is getting in. A contractor can help you find the source of water leaks, including problems with sump pumps draining improperly, damaged gutter systems causing pooled water around the foundation, or water runoff tanks that maybe overflowing or leaking. It's important to know if any of the systems you have in or near your home are the source of your problem because it may be a matter of time before a small leak could become a major one.
Properly sealing all of the concrete in and around your basement, as well as getting damaged areas in the concrete repaired, will usually fully waterproof a basement. If it doesn't, then major settlement issues or another system in your home may be the source, which could lead to serious damage if not addressed. Working with a good contractor will ensure you find the root of any foundation leaks and get them fixed.
To learn more about basement waterproofing, contact a contractor in your area.