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Common Basement Moisture Issues and How to Fix Them

Basement Moisture

Do you have cracked drywall? Is there a musty smell coming from your basement? These are all signs that you have foundation issues.

The strength of your home depends on your foundation. As it begins to fail, the damage will work its way up through your home. This leaves your house vulnerable to structural failure.

Nine times out of ten, the problem will begin with basement moisture issues. If there are water leaks in your basement or there’s not enough air circulation, it will put a strain on your foundation.

These are only a few moisture issues to be on the lookout for in your basement. Continue reading to learn more.

Water Leaks

If your basement becomes flooded with water, the first thing you should do is check for interior leaks. Look over every appliance in your home that provides a source of water, including your shower, washing machine, toilet, and dishwasher.

If you find a busted pipe, you can repair the leak or replace the pipe yourself. If you don’t feel confident in your plumbing skills, call in a professional.

Landscaping Flaws

The grading around your home should be positioned in a way that points away from your home. This will allow sleet, rain, and snow to run downward away from your house.

If your landscaping isn’t correct, moisture will be allowed to accumulate around your foundation. Over time, the water could seep right into your basement.

The best way to fix the issue is to get on the phone with an architect. You can also dig a trench around your home or line the base of your house with rocks.

Foundation Wall Leaks

If the floor joists in your basement aren’t properly connected to the walls, your foundation will be allowed to shift. This will cause cracks to form, which will leave your basement vulnerable to flooding.

To deal with this problem, you first have to determine that the cracks were caused due to improper connections. If they were, you can seal the cracks by installing the right footing.

If the cracks were naturally occurring due to your home settling, you can seal them with caulk.

Defective Gutters

Gutters have an important job. They redirect rain and sleet away from your home’s foundation.

If they aren’t working the way they should, or you don’t have gutters, rainwater will be allowed to gather around your foundation. Depending on how much rain you get, the water will end up in your basement.

So, if you don’t have gutters, consider installing a few downspouts. To prevent water buildups, clean your gutters twice a year. The only things you need for the job are a ladder, gloves, and a kitchen spatula.

Lack of Circulation

Basement moisture issues don’t always show themselves in the form of floods. Sometimes the problem is damp air.

If the room doesn’t get enough circulation, the air will become trapped and turn into condensation. This problem gets especially bad if you have pipes and ducts in your basement that connect to an air conditioner.

The easiest way to fix it is to give the air a place to go that isn’t your basement. If you can, install a few exhaust fans. This will move the air around and allow it to distribute evenly.

You can also cover your walls and ducts with insulation to keep the damp air away from them.

Window Wells

If your window wells aren’t working, water will build up and leak into your basement every time your area experiences a rain shower.

The best way to fix the problem is to have a new drain installed. If you haven’t had the gravel in your window wells replaced in a long while, now might be the time. You can also buy window well covers.

Poor Drain Tile or Sump Pit

In the past, basements were a place to retreat during times of dire emergencies. There aren’t a lot of older homes that have a proper drainage system.

Most modern homes have them, but they often fail due to pressure from the ground.

If this is your problem, it’s going to take a lot of work to fix it. A professional will have to dig up your old drainage system or take the time to install a sump pump. It’s not something you can do yourself unless you have in-depth plumbing knowledge.

The Walls Aren’t Waterproof

The most vulnerable part of your basement is the walls. Without proper waterproofing, moisture will seep in and lead to cracks.

There are multiple waterproofing options you can choose from. You can have the walls covered with water-resistant paint. We can also install a waterproof membrane.

Whatever method you choose, it will increase the lifespan of your basement by many years.

Garden Sprinklers

Automatic garden sprinklers can keep your flowers nice and healthy, but they can also pour water into your basement.

That doesn’t mean you need to get rid of your sprinkler system. As long as you place it more than 4 feet from your house and keep an eye on it, it shouldn’t pose a problem.

Common Basement Moisture Issues to Be Aware Of

Basement moisture can cause cracks in your foundation and lead to mold. The good news is that there are ways to combat it.

Consider installing gutters, make sure your garden sprinklers are 4 feet away from your home, and invest in a few exhaust fans.

If you would like help with waterproofing your basement, contact us today to get a free estimate.