Wet or damp basements is one of the top complaints of homeowners. For that reason, homeowners need to have an easy do-it-yourself waterproofing fix that will last and add overall lasting health to the basement and your home.
There are several reasons why your basement might start leaking. Clogged rain gutters and downspouts, to clay-rich soils that do not drain water well and hold water against the foundation walls. Then you have the concrete slabs that are even thinner than basement walls, and water that can penetrate the pores in the concrete. There are several reasons why water and moisture in the basement can become a problem.
The labor takes to tackle this task may not be as hard as you think it is. Here are some tips on how you can do it yourself and waterproof your basement.
- First, you want to remove any oil, paint sealer, tile adhesive, or white deposit from the concrete.
- Next, remove any loose and crumbling concrete, dust mortar, and dirt with a shop vac all across the surface.
- Now seal the concrete walls and floor against moisture and vapor with a concrete sealer.
- Lastly, look for basement floor cracks, cold joints, floor to wall joints, pipe protrusions, foundation settling cracks, etc., and make the repairs to all these water leaks.
If you follow these basic steps, this will help you dry out your damp basement and keep it dry. No more worries about water and moisture damage in your basement or home.