Opting for a DIY basement waterproofing is a good idea as long as you understand what you are doing. Damp basements are one thing that makes most homeowners shiver in fear. Unluckily, a wet basement is one of the main problems that occurs in most homes. According to the American society of home inspectors, sixty-eight percent of homes experience the issue of the wet basement while the remaining thirty-eight percentage suffer from mildew and fungus growth due to raising in moisture level.
So, what should you do to deal with a wet basement? Is DIY the way to go if you don’t want to hire a professional? With the right expertise and tools that are needed for basement waterproofing, you can make your basement dry. However, not that, apart from understanding how to do it, you should make sure you have the right products to use in waterproofing your basement. For instance, you may need a permanent concrete sealer to get better results of your waterproofing.
- Why Does My Basement Leak?
This is probably the first question that every homeowner asks himself when he sees a wet basement. There are various causes of wet basement and understanding the cause of a leaky basement is essential in knowing the right solution to counter that problem.
First, a leaky basement can be as a result of a rising groundwater a phenomenon that occurs when it rains. Take it this way; melting snow can raise groundwater level for over 1500 gallons of water. When it rains, roof sheds over 1000 gallons of water. All that water ends in the soil, and due to hydrostatic pressure, the water is pushed through the basement floor and walls.
Your gutters and downspouts are also main elements which also contribute to a leaky basement. When gutters and downspouts are poorly maintained, they become ineffective. The gutters become clogged with debris and no longer allow roof water to flow to the downspouts and safer location. Instead, this water overflows and falls right around the foundation of your house. Poorly maintained downspouts also could overflow. Again when they are not directed to poor water away from the foundation, the gallons of water poured near the foundation can be disastrous.
There is an issue of runoff water, especially if the landscaping is poor. To solve this issue, the landscape should be sloppy, so water is directed away from the foundation.
Wet basement could also be caused by settling cracks in the concrete. When water gets into these cracks, it exerts pressure, and with time, it penetrates your basement floor.
- The Best Way to Do Basement Waterproofing In Four Main Steps.
Many people avoid carrying out basement waterproofing due to strenuous work involved. However, if you master the key aspects of this process, you will find out that the process is not as arduous as you thought before. Follow these steps of making your basement dry:
Step 1: get rid of any tile adhesive, paints, and oils from the bricks.
Step 2: then get rid of the loose concrete and mortar on the surface of the concrete.
Step 3: to prevent moisture, seal the floor and the walls using a sealant. To do so, move the furniture and other stuff to one side of the room and seal one side and continue to the other until all sides are completely sealed. But note, when you seal one corner, you should wait for some days until that corner dries before you seal the next corner area.
Step 4: if there are cracks and gaps on the floor, repair them.
- How to Seal Stone Foundation Wall.
Using the right sealant, you will be able to strengthen the mortar of your foundation. To accomplish this, start by removing the old mortar and then apply the seal. When done, tuckpoint mortar if necessary. The seal doesn’t affect the adhesive or the bond of the mortar.
- How to Seal Brick Foundation Wall.
Though most seals are better used in sealing the concrete, they may alter the colour of the brick when used on them. They usually leave a white substance on the surface that is difficult to get rid of. So, you may want to choose a seal that is suitable for bricks to avoid this problem.