A home’s basement can take water for a variety of reasons. The most common reasons for damp or flooded basements are a high water table, a drainage problem, or a damaged foundation.

INSTALL A SUMP PUMP

Sump pumps are water pumps attached to a concealed drain or basis in your basement.

Water flows in very predictable ways. If the bottom of your foundation is deeper than the local water table after a rainstorm, you will definitely take water.

Once a sump pump is installed correctly, that all changes. First, water gets drained into the pump's catch basin instead of flooding your home. Then, once enough builds up, the pump switches on and carries all that water to the sewer system or street drains.

INSTALL A VAPOR BARRIER

A poorly-installed vapor barrier is the leading cause of water damage in finished basements.

There are two ways to avoid this when finishing a basement. One way is to wrap the room in 3mil or thicker vapor barrier before installing fiberglass insulation. Fiberglass makes for excellent, cheap insulation, but it’s like the nightmare child of a cotton ball and a kitchen sponge.

It absorbs water easily and takes forever to dry out. Buy a vapor barrier between the cinder-block and the insulation; you can be sure it won’t get damaged and waterlogged from normal humidity.

Flooding or a cracked wall could still cause problems and damage the insulation.

APPLY WATERPROOFING PAINT

If you trust the product marketing, these coatings sound like magic. If you talk to a pro contractor about these products, he’ll laugh them off as snake-oil, just some grey enamel paint repackaged as a miracle solution.

Waterproof basement paint is a temporary fix, not a long-term solution. However, if you will soon be selling your home, or simply don’t have the cash to afford a french drain or a new vapor barrier, any of the all-in-one waterproofing paints can be the perfect product to fight moisture, and prevent even more expensive damage. It’s the home-repair equivalent of Tylenol–it won’t permanently fix what’s hurting, but it will get you through until you can see a professional.

REGRADE AROUND YOUR HOME’S FOUNDATION

Most waterproofing solutions involve redirecting water away from your foundation, and this is no different. Water always runs down-hill. In an ideal situation, your home would be situated like a pitcher’s mound in the center of your lot, with the ground gently sloping away, and the lawn graded as a mild slope from your front porch to the street.

Changing a house’s grade requires several tons of soil and is outside the scope of a DIY project unless your friends can lend you a dump truck and a backhoe. That said, contractors could regrade most houses in a day or two. Once a proper grade is established, water will naturally flow away from your home instead of collecting it in your basement.

Hopefully, the information provided has been a big help in providing assistance for preventing water issues in your basement.

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