Basements are nice to have as they provide more space for your things as well as more living space for your family. If you have a finished basement with drywall, carpeting and furniture, the last thing you want to see is seepage or floodwater damaging your property. If your basement has a problem with seepage you need to take care of it right away before you have a bigger problem. That water can not only damage your personal belongings, it can also cause mold and mildew to grow. In order to prevent this from happening to you, you need to waterproof your basement. See below for instructions on how to waterproof your basement.
Inspect The Exterior
Look around the exterior of your home to see if the problem lies outside. Check that the soil around your foundation slopes away from the house. If the soil does not slope the right way, the water will pool near the foundation causing it to seep into your basement. Use soil to backfill around your foundation if it is not sloping the right way. You may also need to dig out the soil to add rock to help keep water away from your foundation. Contact a basement waterproofing company to help you with this if your soil is not sloping in the right direction. Also be sure to inspect your rain gutters, and add downspout extensions to your gutters so the gutter water flows away from your home.
Inspect The Interior
Look around the interior of your basement to see where there is seepage. Check around the basement windows and caulk around them. Also caulk any cracks in the foundation walls using a concrete caulking. Use a hammer and a chisel to chisel out any loose material in the cracks first. Then follow the manufacturer's directions on the caulk to fill in the cracks. Once the cracks are all caulked, paint a coat or two of waterproofing paint onto your walls. Be sure to get into the spaces where the wall meets the floors where there may be seepage. If your home has an older sump pump, you may want to invest in a newer sump pump to prevent sump pump failure, as well as a generator in case of a power outage.
Waterproofing your basement can be done yourself, but it can be a pretty big job. Take your time doing it and make sure you do it right. Leave it to a professional waterproofing company like Central Penn Waterproofing if the job is too much for you to do.