What Should You Do If You Have Water In Your Home's Basement?

What should you do if you have water in your home's basement? Try to prevent water entering your basement by using special concrete sprays. Water in home basements is caused by two sources - through water...

Water in home basements is caused by two sources - through water seeping in floors or windows or through sanitary sewer backups from the basement drain.

"First of all, you should try to prevent water from entering," says Joe Cumpelik, president of Radon Seal Inc., which provides contractors and do it yourself products for concrete and basement care.

According to Misterfixit.com, the ground next to the home's foundation should be higher than the ground by 20 feet. Also, grade the landscape away from the house, and make sure that gutter downspouts are captured "by a drain tile and the water is carried as far from the basement wall as practical."

The water should reach a drainage ditch and be kept away from the foundation at all costs. The ground should also slope away from the foundation. Seed the lawn with a good grass and sod the area as well. If there is not a drainage ditch, then dig a shallow, half round drainage ditch to route the water around the house, says alsnetbiz.com.

To keep water away from the house, one needs to have good drainage outside. Make sure a home has gutters and downspout extensions. You want to take water away from your home, not keep it close by the foundation. When you are building a foundation, you should have good drainage, good footing drains, and gravel against the foundation. It's good to have a layer of gravel or drainage mass that would take the water that gets to the concrete quickly down. Apply some sealer to the inside and outside walls of your home to keep moisture out and this will stop water from seeping in.

Another solution a homeowner can do to prevent water from coming in the home is to preserve the concrete by sealing it first. "There is a sealer that we sell that will stop the moister problem once it has started," says Cumpelik.

Homeowners can do this themselves because it is very simple. You just spray the sealer on by using a conventional pump up garden sprayer. Spray the sealer onto the floor and walls, and it will disappear into the concrete. The spray should be a penetrating sealer. It will penetrate up to four inches, react inside the concrete, and it will become a silicon mineral just like cement. This bonds and strengthens the concrete, and it also seals the concrete against liquids and gases. It is a permanent sealer because it reacts and forms a mineral. A homeowner does not need to apply it more than once. It's nontoxic, nonflammable, non-explosive, and non-hazardous, explains Cumpelik.

If water has entered the basement due to the washer breaking or a flood occurs, then immediately call the Fire department. They will drain the water for free and even give you a name to call to get rid of the moisture in the basement. If moisture is left untreated, then a home can start to mildew, get cracks in the walls and concrete causing a much more expensive problem in the future.

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