Damp Basement waterproofing

Basement water proofing

Basement leaks happen too often. If you are a homeowner and haven’t had to deal with a leaking basement, you should consider yourself lucky. Even in the best built homes, cracks in basement and foundation walls will eventually form.

There is moisture in the soil outside your basement walls. Some homes are built over very damp soil or on flood plains and they are almost bound to have a basement leakage problem – so much so that they might need a sump pump to constantly remove water from their basement.

Even if your home is built on relatively dry soil, there will be times, during heavy rains or spring thaw, when there will be increased water in the ground, and increased chance of leaks through your basement walls.

As soon as water leaks into your basement, you have a problem. Water can seriously damage your basement walls, foundation and your belongings. Water also attracts mold and mildew which can cause breathing problems and create an unhealthy atmosphere for your family.

What can you do to prevent damaging leaks in your basement? It’s more than just patching a hole – you need to waterproof your basement.

  • Identify the source of the leak
  • Determine why there is water outside your basement
  • Make sure water is being properly drained from your roof and around your house
  • Keep basement drainage systems clear and adequate for your home’s needs

Wet basement waterproofing

  1. Eliza Cranston 11/03/2015, 3:03 pm Reply

    Thanks for posting this information on basement waterproofing! I live in a pretty dry area but I’ve noticed some leaks into my basement when it rains or snows a lot. Do you have any information on how to waterproof my basement walls from the inside?

    • Andy 11/05/2015, 6:10 am Reply

      There are several ways you can waterproof your foundation from the inside, it is actually called internal dewatering, or you could stop the leak via urethane injection, Fixing leaks from iside is a secondary solution to the problem, water is best stoped at its source of entry.