Leaky Basement? Practical Solutions for Wet Basements

Leaky and wet basements are the household annoyance that just keeps on giving. What it gives are odors, damaged possessions, structural deterioration, toxic mold growth, and a decreased market value. Many people simply accept a damp or even periodically flooded basement as the status quo. But it’s not acceptable—nor are the downsides of living right above it. Here are some steps for remedying leaky and wet basements ranging from DIY solutions to professional help.

  • Clean your gutters and extend downspouts. Water cascading directly to the ground from clogged gutters permeates basement walls. The same goes when the gutter downspouts are too short and doesn’t discharge water at least five feet from the foundation.
  • Seal cracks and gaps. Make the basement wall less penetrable to water percolating down through the soil by sealing obvious leakage spots with hydraulic cement or polyurethane caulk. They’re both available at the local home center, and it’s a simple DIY task.
  • Grade your ground. Make sure the contour of landscape around the house perimeter slopes away from the foundation. Water pooling at low spots along the foundation soaks into soil and eventually penetrates the basement.
  • Get your drainage done. If your foundation incorporates footing drains that convey underground water away from the basement, a professional plumber can check the function of the drains and unclog them where necessary.
  • Do you have a sump pump and does it work? If you don’t, have one installed as safeguard against both water inundation from floods and rising ground water from below. If you already have one, have it checked for proper operation annually by a plumber. Also, make sure your sump system has battery backup function—flooded basements and power outages often go together.

Contact the water damage recovery professionals at Rytech for more solutions to leaky and wet basements.

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