Waterproof your Basement

April showers bring May flower…unless your basement isn’t waterproof. Then those April showers can leave you with hundreds of dollars’ worth of water damage and mold remediation. If you do anything this spring, make sure you waterproof your basement. There are a few different ways to do this, here’s how…

Proper Window Well Drainage

One easy way to make sure your basement stays waterproof is to make sure your window well drainage system is working properly. Over time, the drainage system can get bogged down with sticks, leaves, or other debris. This makes it hard for your drainage system to properly move and keep water away from your basement windows. Without a working drainage system, you may even get water pooling outside your windows!

You remove debris from your gutters and downspouts, but how can you do the same for your window wells? The answer is simple… by adding window well covers!

A window well cover, whether a standard grate or a clear window well cover, will keep debris out of your window wells. A clear cover, like the ones offered from Windowell Expressions, can actually help keep some precipitation and snow out of your window well in the first place.

This is one of the easiest and affordable ways to keep your basement waterproof. Contact Windowell Expressions today to keep those April showers where they belong – in your garden!

Solutions from the Inside

Another way to deal with water issues is from the inside. If you’re unable to keep water from entering your home, or you want a backup system in place, installing a pump is a great idea. To do this, you’ll want a professional to help make a sump (or a pit) in your basement floor where flood or rain water can gather. Then, a pump is installed in this pit that will then pump the water out of the sump, out of your home, and despot it somewhere on your properly where it won’t run back toward the house.

If you need a simple interior fix, you can find concrete or silicate-based sealers that you can apply to your foundation walls to keep the water out.

If you’re worried about keeping mold or mildew out of your basement, an acrylic-based waterproofing paint is also a great option.

Exterior Seal

A more intense solution is to seal your exterior foundation. This will probably be more of a last-ditch effort (if it’s not done during construction) because it is intrusive and expensive. To do this you’ll need to hire a professional that will come and remove the ground away from your home to expose the footings. The surface is cleaned and prepped before applying a waterproof membrane. It’s an expensive, but once done you can expect protection for your home for at least 20 years. As an added bonus the waterproof membrane can also help improve the structural support of your home.