People who specialize in basement waterproofing use a lot of tools to get water out of your basement. Flooded basement can be dried out in no time with interior drainage systems, sump pumps, industrial-strength dehumidifiers, and other even more advanced techniques.
Of course, preventing a wet basement is a better way to deal with it. You can prevent all of the damage that accompanies basement flooding with a proper basement sealing before you acquire the ‘water in basement’ issue. You can avoid the costs of mold removal, basement wall repair or even a complete basement remodeling. You can save a boatload of money by having a little bit of foresight.
Basement sealing is not what pre-flood basement waterproofing is all about there are a number of factors to consider too.
Gutters play a major role in the prevention of basement flooding. In simpler terms, without water pooling up against the outside of your basement wall, water would not seep into your basement. A good gutter system ensures that the water is directed away from your home or, in some cases, in a big underground cistern made for managing a week’s heavy rain.
The immediate connection between the basements’ waterproofing and the cracks in foundation of houses are not made by most people. And if you stop and think about it, the mechanics can be seen: water comes in through the foundation, at which point it has only whatever your basement walls and floors are made out of before it gets into your basement proper — and those items are often made of wood, and water will eventually destroy them or seep through.
Three steps are required for actual basement waterproofing: drying the basement, sealing the basement, and fixing any problems that remain (like removing the mold, basement wall repair, and so on.) Drying the basement, as stated above, generally involves pumping any standing water out and then drying up any wet spots that remain by using a powerful dehumidifier.
The actual basement sealing is usually a process that involves more than one step by itself. It generally begins with plugging any cracks that can be seen from the inside of the foundation and basement walls. An adequate coat of waterproofing paint (NOT damp-proofing, but waterproofing) is the second part of the process. After which you polish it off by finding all of the holes (windows, ducts, pipes, etc.) between the inside of the basement and the outside, and caulk or otherwise seal around them.
Then finally, you can go on with the last repairs. This involves finding any mold- or water-damaged items — whether furniture, carpets, the walls themselves, or anything else — and changing them. It’s okay for you to live in your basement once all of the damaged goods are replaced (there shouldn’t be many if you haven’t flooded yet). Just don’t take your eye off the smell; it’s the first sign that there’s another leak — but that should not border you for some couple of years.
A good basement waterproofing company can usually assist you with some of these preventative steps at a relatively affordable rate if you find any of these tasks outside what you can do yourself.