5 DIY Tips to Make Your Home More Waterproof

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There’s nothing worse than waking up after a storm or a heavy rain only to find that you have 4 inches of water in the basement. And what do you do? Perhaps you shrug it off as a natural side effect of rain and having a basement. But it really shouldn’t be that way. 

While waterproofing a basement is something that should be handled by professionals, there are some DIY solutions that might help. 

What Causes a Basement to Get Wet?

You can’t waterproof your basement effectively unless you first understand why it’s getting wet. There are certain factors that cause moisture. Determining these will help you better understand the moisture issues as well. 

Some common causes include:

  • Cracks in the foundation
  • Surface water penetration
  • Heavy rains or hurricanes
  • Broken pipes
  • Ineffective pump/drain systems

Why is Stopping Water Seepage in the Basement Important?

So many homeowners assume that they just have to deal with water in the basement. However, that’s a faulty assumption. Yes, a lot of basements do tend to end up with water, but you can take steps to help prevent this. 

Waterproofing your basement is vital for these reasons.

This Problem Only Gets Worse

Your water problem isn’t going to resolve itself. If you don’t take action to stop water or reduce water, the issue is going to extend beyond just clearing water. The water will lead to damage, some of which may cause you major structural problems.

Expenses Add Up

The expenses of cleaning up all that water and then dealing with damages are going to add up over time. As water accumulates and invades, it’s going to cause damage little by little. 

You could face rot, mold, mildew, and even structural damages that get expensive to fix. 

Resale Value

If you can’t keep water out of the home, the resale value of your home will decrease. When you try to sell your home and an inspection is done, this will be noticed, and it’s likely the foundation issues and water damage will have to be addressed. 

Structural Damage

Water in the basement will cause structural damage. It can lead to cracks in the foundation as well as stability problems. Over time, the water degrades the stability and structural integrity of your structure. 

Best Resolutions for Water Seepage Prevention

The good news is that there are prevention methods that you can utilize to help DIY waterproof your home. You can also call in professionals to help. Using a professional is the best solution to take care of waterproofing for the long term. 

These are some of the best solutions available. Work with a professional team to garner a better understanding of each one and what will work best for your needs. 

  • Pressure Grouting: inject grout into pores, voids, and other spaces that water is seeping through
  • Concrete Replacement: replace the concrete completely to get a more secure layer
  • Polyurethane Foam Injection: inject this lightweight foam compound to help fill the spaces and keep water out
  • Sawcutting the Foundation: specialized cutting into the concrete to control cracks that you can then fill and waterproof

Let Drycrete Help You with Waterproofing Your Basement

Drycrete Waterproofing takes pride in providing high-quality work for every customer. No matter what your needs are, we can help determine the best solution. Contact us today to learn more about your options.