It is not fun to have water where it does not belong. If you have ever gone through a flood, then you know exactly how bad it can be to fight with water. A flooded basement is a big problem that needs to be addressed as quickly as possible. The longer the water stays in the home, the more damage that the water can do to your home. There are a few steps that you can take as a homeowner to prevent flooding. Waterproofing your basement is a worthwhile project that just may save you a lot of money in the future. Here are a few different ways that you can waterproof your basement.
First you want to remove everything from your basement. Pick out the very best polymer sealcoat that you can find at your local home improvement store. This is not an area where you want to cut corners. One everything is removed from the basement, apply the sealcoating to the entirety of your basement wall, and in some instances to the floor. The polymer is going to act as a sealant to any water trying to come through the foundation of your home.
A sump pump may be the most important aspect of waterproofing your home. Your home may not be completely waterproof, but a sump pump will keep the water out of your basement. The sump pump will flip on anytime there is water in the basement, and it will effectively pump out the water from the basement. It is important that the pump is installed in the lowest spot in the basement. In fact, often the sump pump is installed inside the concrete. Concrete can be cut away so the pump can be installed low enough to pump any amount of water out of the basement.
The next step you want to take is outside the home. If you do not have gutters, install gutters that will catch the water and transport the water away from the foundation of your home. Then add grading to your landscape. Often the biggest problem is that any water runs back toward the home. If you add grading to your lawn so the water runs away from your home, you will cut back on the amount of water that can possibly enter the home. This is a simple yet effective way to help waterproof your home.