If you're dealing with moisture issues in your basement and are considering investing in basement waterproofing, it's important to understand the causes of basement moisture first. You can't effectively choose a waterproofing method without determining the source of the issue that you're trying to mitigate. There are a few common causes of water in the basement, so you should consider each one to see what may be the source of your basement's water problems.
Perhaps one of the most common causes of water in the basement is insufficient drainage around the foundation of the house. If the soil around your foundation doesn't have sufficient drainage established, and especially if it's clay soil that absorbs and holds moisture, this is going to lead to moisture seeping into your basement because it's sitting in the soil up against the exterior walls and is likely to force its way through. Adjusting the drainage around your foundation should be part of your basement waterproofing efforts.
When your gutters are not properly installed, improperly maintained, or need to be cleaned, they'll lead to overflow and water accumulating around your foundation. This can cause extensive moisture in your basement if not mitigated. Even with full basement waterproofing efforts, you'll still want to be sure that you address the gutters as well. Otherwise, the water overflowing the gutters will continue to do damage to your foundation and the soil around your home's perimeter.
Cracks In The Foundation
Whether there are cracks in the walls or the floor, water can easily seep in from outside and cause moisture damage in your basement. You'll want to talk with your basement waterproofing contractor about sealing those cracks first to ensure that water can't return after the waterproofing treatment.
Sometimes, insufficient airflow through the basement area can lead to moisture from condensation, both on the windows and the walls. If you're going to waterproof your basement, you need to also address the air circulation issues so that you don't worry about condensation causing increased water damage issues even after your waterproofing. Remember that waterproofing alone won't prevent damage from condensation that accumulates inside beyond that waterproofing barrier.
These are some of the most important things to think about when it comes to waterproofing your basement. The more comprehensive you make the approach, the more successful it's likely to be. Talk with your waterproofing contractor today for more help and information.
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