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How to Waterproof Your Basement

Water where it’s not supposed to be is never a good sign, especially when it comes to your basement. It’s already darker down there; add water and you’ve got a recipe for disaster.

There are a few ways to ensure that you keep your basement sealed tight, which is important to do if you want to avoid unnecessary repair costs and potentially devastating damage to your home. Prevention is the best approach so get started with these tips on how to waterproof your basement.

Tip #1. Find and Fill Cracks or Holes

If you have any cracks or holes in your concrete walls or floor, you’re going to want to start there and get the most obvious entry points for water taken care of first. Walk around our basement, removing everything from off the walls so that you can see every inch of the wall. Really get to know your basement and find any cracks or holes. Mark them off as you go so you don’t miss any after your inspection is complete. Once you’ve found your areas for repair, begin by filling the holes or cracks with hydraulic cement. Don’t forget where these holes or cracks are and continue to monitor them, especially after a heavy rainstorm or when snow fall is melting.

Tip #2. Seal

If you’re basement is prone to water even after you’ve fixed individual holes, you may want to consider applying a coat of waterproof masonry cement to your basement walls. This will be an added layer of protection and help to seal up your home.

Tip #3. Check Outside

To waterproof your basement, you’re going to have to spend some time outside of your home. One way to avoid getting water in your basement is to keep as much water away as possible. Check your gutters and downspouts, they should be clear and clean.  If not, you need to clean them out as soon as possible. In fact, regularly cleaning your gutters and downspouts should be a regular part of your home maintenance checklist. Doing this will ensure that water moves away from your home properly and has no opportunity to get into your basement.

Tip #4. Rework The Landscape

If you have problems with water pooling in your yard, you’ll want to address this issue and help the water to drain away from your home. You may be able to do this yourself with a little research, or it may require the expertise of a professional landscaper.

Tip #5. Keep Window Wells Clear

Your window well provides your basement with extra light, keeping it warmer and brighter, but it can also help with waterproofing. Your window well has a built-in drainage system that will keep water from getting too close to your window or seeping in side. Let your window well work for you by keeping it clear of debris, which can block the drainage system.

If your well doesn’t seem to be draining properly, contact the professionals at Windowell Expressions! They can help keep your basement dry, and add some much-needed aesthetics with beautiful window well liners.

 

How to Make Your Window Well Covers and Liners Last

Window well covers are a great way to add value to your home, protect your basement, and protect people and animals from getting hurt. A window well liner also adds value and beauty to the view from your basement windows. But in order for your window well and window well liners to work properly, they need to be taken care of. And when you invest in a window well cover and window well liners you want to get as much use out of them as possible. Here are three ways to make your window well covers and liners last.

Tip #1: Clear Debris

One of the best ways to improve the longevity of your window well cover and liner is to keep them both clear of debris. This is particularly true when it comes to your well cover. Excessive debris can add weight to your cover, and eventually compromise the integrity of your window well cover and shorten its lifespan. The more you keep your cover clear of debris, the less will find its way into your well – which is another area that is important to keep cleaned out.

Debris can build up in your well and clog the drainage system beneath the surface. When this happens, you may be opening yourself up to drainage problems, excess moisture, and even flooding. This is not only bad news for your basement, but also your well liner, which will not do well with lots of moisture. Help both last longer by clearing away debris.

One more place you need to clear debris is from your roof and gutters. If water isn’t draining properly from your roof and downspouts, your window wells may have to work harder to make up for the extra water. This won’t immediately be a problem, but over time it will take its toll on your window well, cover, and liner.

Tip #2: Repair Damage, Reapply Caulk

Regularly inspecting your window well for damage is a great way to help your cover and liner last as long as possible. If you’re able to catch a crack, missing piece, or any other type of damage early, you have a much better chance at doing a small repair. This will help you avoid having to do much larger repairs.  It may even help you avoid replacing your entire cover or liner! When you do find damage, be sure to repair it immediately.

Along with inspections, check your window well liner to signs of it pulling away from your foundation. You don’t want water or debris to get trapped behind it, so be sure to keep the edges sealed properly with caulk.

Trip #3: Invest Upfront in Quality

If you want your window well cover and liner to last, you’re going to want to invest in a quality cover and liner upfront. Windowell Expressions not only offers high-quality covers and liners that will last for years and years, but they come in many styles to fit your taste. To get covers and liners that stand the test of time, contact Windowell Expressions today.