Tips For Preventing Basement Moisture Problems
Your home is your personal sanctuary and you want to keep it safe from all types of outside threats, including moisture problems. Here are two methods you can implement, which can help you keep your home basement dry and free of moisture problems.
Improve Exterior Drainage
The first method to keep your basement moisture free is to improve the drainage of water around the exterior of your home and basement. Water can often seep into basement spaces because the soil around your basement and foundation becomes saturated with excess moisture from snow melt and rain runoff. The moisture will then seep to the area of least resistance, which can be into your basement through cracks and gaps in the foundation.
Making sure the water runoff from your home's roof and the landscaping soil around the foundation flows away from your home is important. First, make sure your roof gutters are all working properly to catch and divert water away from the soil next to your basement foundation walls. Downspout extension diverters can deliver water to a spot in the soil several feet away from your home.
Next, slope the landscaping soil around the perimeter of your home so if rainwater does fall upon it, the water will flow away from your home as it goes with the slope of the landscaping. You can order a truckload of dirt from a local landscaping company to create a sloped area if you don't have sufficient soil to do this.
Treat Interior Moisture
When water is able to seep into your basement either through the foundation and walls or through a crack in the slab, it can cause moisture to collect on the walls and floor of your basement. You can prevent interior moisture by blocking it from entering through the porous concrete walls by installing an interior water vapor barrier. A professional contractor can properly install this for you in your basement.
This plastic lining is installed onto the concrete walls and allows any water condensation to flow downward to the floor of the basement instead of into your basement space. At the floor the water is collected in a French drain and sump pump.
You will need a French drain installed along the perimeter of the basement wall within the floor where the vapor barrier will direct any water collection. You can hire a professional contractor to excavating a trench around the basement floor, filled with gravel and a perforated drain pipe to install a drain in the floor and collect any draining water. At one end of the pipe system, they would install a sump pump, which would turn on when enough water is collected, so the water can be pumped to an exterior area outside your home.
Your interior basement wall and insulation is applied over the top of the water vapor barrier and is not visible from the basement space, but the vapor barrier is constantly collecting and diverting moisture to the drain in the floor and pumped from the space.
Use these tips to help keep your basement moisture-free. For more information, visit websites like http://www.centralpennwaterproofing.com.