Basement Waterproofing 101

Monday, November 25th, 2019 by Emily Dowling


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Waterproofing doesn’t have to be a big job.

 


 

Here are some steps to help prevent basement water leaks.

 


 

 

  • Regrade the dirt around your home's foundation

Add dirt around your home's foundation, so the ground slopes outward.

This will keep water away from your foundation. (Do not use soil or mulch.)

 

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  • Extend your downspouts

Extend piping to keep the soil near your home from getting over-saturated by water and expanding.

sump pump discharge line extension can keep the water moving farther away from your home. You can tie this into your current downspout system.

 

  • Clean your gutters

Keeping your gutters free of materials such as dirt and leaves will help divert water away from your home.

 

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  • Install a dehumidifier

The effects of humidity in a basement or crawl space could be detrimental to you and the rest of your home.

Eliminating humidity will eliminate mold and mildew and also keep your temperature costs down.

 

  • Upgrade your walls

Porous concrete block walls will not protect your basement from moisture.

Covering walls with a vapor barrier system will ensure water vapor stays away from your below-grade space and does not create and mold or mildew issues.

 

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  • Improve appeal with water-resistant flooring

Wood flooring should never be installed in basements, because it absorbs water and eventually rots.

Our beautiful plank flooring has no wood at all, but will give you that wood plank look without the worry of water damage.

The plank's raised pegs don’t trap moisture and can be reinstalled in the rare event of a flood.

 

  • Add a battery backup to your sump pump system

A battery-powered pump (in addition to your TripleSafe system) is the most secure way to keep large amounts of water away from your basement.

The UltraSump battery backup will not fail in a power outage and has an alarm system to warn you of an issue.

 

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  • Control incoming water with a drainage system

Installing a drainage system before you finish your basement will save you time and money in the future.

Thousands of our customers install an internal drain as a precaution, so they do not have to worry about a potential flood.

 

  • Include an open discharge line fitting on the exterior of your home

Our IceGuard fitting has small, open slots that keeps water away from your basement and keeps the discharge line from freezing or clogging in the cold, winter months.

 

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  • Cover your below-grade windows

Covered window wells will hold back dirt, leaves and other debris. Our bright white window well provides an extra layer against rain, snow and cold air.

 


 

 

We hope these steps prove helpful in your basement waterproofing process.

 

You can keep your basement dry by investing in our proven drainage and sump pump system for your home.

 

(Do not to rely on these other steps alone to keep your basement dry.)

 

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Baker's Waterproofing
570 Carlton Drive
Bentleyville, PA 15314
1-724-359-4531