Nobody likes a leaky basement. It can cause untold amounts of property damage, the stress of necessary repairs, the mold that can put your health at risk, and a pervading musky odor that’s incredibly unpleasant. The good news is that there are ways to prevent it!
There are a few steps to waterproofing your basement. First, consider the source of moisture. If it seems humid to you, but there are no signs of leaking, you might be able to use just a dehumidifier. This sucks moisture out of the air but does not protect from potential leaks. To protect your basement from leaks, you will need to have it sealed. This involves some sort of sealant being used to coat the concrete foundation.
The key to making foundation repairs is to not leave water any path to enter through. If there are windows in your basement, these too, need to be sealed. If you have had the proper foundation repairs done and there is still water entering your basement, one other source might be a malfunctioning sump pump. This can be repaired or replaced if necessary. But what happens if your basement leaks when it rains before you’ve had a chance to waterproof?
If you never got the opportunity to have your basement waterproofed, you might find one day that the entire floor has been flooded. This will damage your property and potentially pose a health hazard if not attended to properly, especially if you have carpeting or furniture in your basement. First, take the necessary safety precautions. If there is anything plugged in, unplug it immediately. Next, remove all property you have from the flood. This will aid in the prevention of mold growth. Now you need to try to determine the source of the leak. If you don’t have a sump pump, it is likely that water has come in through cracks in the foundation, or through a window, in the wake of a heavy rain or flooded body of water.
If you do have a sump pump and have had heavy rain before without a problem, it is possible that it has malfunctioned in some way. If you believe this is the case, the only method of getting rid of the water, for the time being, is by using buckets and towels. Perhaps if you have a wet/dry vacuum and an extension cord that will allow you to plug it in upstairs where it is safe, this could work as well. Either way, time is of the essence. Mold growth can begin shortly after a flood, so it is recommended to have your basement dry within 24 to 48 hours. Dehumidifiers and fans will certainly help you in this endeavor.
No matter how your basement came to be flooded, it is important to know the steps to minimize damage. The best way to ensure that there is no damage is by taking preventative measures and making the necessary basement foundation repairs and sump pump upgrades. In the long run, it will save you time, money, and so much unnecessary stress.