It can be distressing to enter your basement and discover pools of water or other signs of moisture and damage. You may be worried that you’re about to face a costly foundation repair. Here at Tom’s Basement Waterproofing, we hate the idea of you paying for significant, but unnecessary repairs just as much as you do. So, we’ve put together a list of tips that you can use to keep water out of your basement which might just solve the problem that you’re currently facing.
Tip #1: Investigate Basement Walls
Follow any standing water back to its entry point, if you can. You may be able to determine whether or not the water is entering from one wall specifically, or whether the compromise is in just one or several walls of the basement. This can give you an idea of where to look for the source of the problem. Also take note of any obvious cracks in the walls. These areas are of obvious concern and should be addressed by a basement waterproofing company as soon as possible.
Tip #2: Discourage Water from Pooling Around Your House
Some very minor landscaping can help to create a slope in the ground away from your home. This will encourage water to flow away from your foundation. Ideally, the grade away from your walls should be 2 inches for every foot in the slope. Likewise, cleaning, repairing or replacing the gutters on your home should help direct water away, especially if you also have cement splash pads under the downspout.
Tip #3: Apply Interior Waterproofing
Commercially available waterproofing can be used to spray your basement walls and may help to prevent water from seeping in. It can be a lengthy process, as it requires several days to dry and you should only treat one wall at a time. It can also only be done during the dry times of the year. This type of job can be quite complex though, and many times it’s best to invest in the services of a professional basement waterproofing company like Tom’s Basement Waterproofing to ensure the job is done correctly.
Still Having Issues?
If you’ve tried any of these methods and are still having water problems in your basement, it’s time to call in a fully licensed, trained and experienced waterproofing company. At Tom’s Basement Waterproofing, we’ve been servicing the Detroit Metro Area since 1975. Our waterproofing solutions are 100% guaranteed! Feel free to give us a call today at 586-949-7826 or 586-776-7270 for your free, no obligation evaluation.